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Dow Polyurethanes Joins SSA Mattress/Bedding Industry “Green Initiative”


December 3, 2009 - The Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) has announced that Dow Polyurethanes has joined the SSA mattress/bedding industry “Green Initiative.”


“With more than 60 years of expertise in polyurethane chemistry coupled with our breakthrough work with bio-based feedstocks and technical knowledge of key raw materials for the bedding industry, Dow is excited about the opportunity to be an active member in the ‘Green Initiative’,” said Umberto Torresan, North American Marketing Manager for Furniture and Bedding and Global Marketing Manager for RENUVA™ Natural Oil Polyols, Dow Polyurethanes. “Defining what ‘green’ means and establishing industry-wide ‘green’ standards is a critical step in helping businesses and consumers alike make better buying decisions. We are thrilled to work hand in hand with bedding industry manufacturers, retailers and experts toward this goal.”


“We look forward to Dow’s involvement with the SSA and the ‘Green Initiative’ as we create and set definitions, terms and standards of green products in the bedding industry,” said SSA President, Dale Read. “Having Dow as part of our ‘Green Initiative’ means that the worlds’ largest producer of polyether polyols and a leading producer of isocyanates – key components used to create flexible polyurethane foam used in mattresses – recognizes the importance of establishing green standards.


“It is important for the SSA to work closely with top, world-wide suppliers and manufacturers as it is to also work with smaller ‘green’ boutique companies. The broader the participation --- the more likely all stake holders will participate in the development of meaningful definitions, terms and evolution towards a ‘Green Standard’ working with the industry as a whole."


Dow ( is the world's largest producer of propylene oxide (PO) and polyether polyols, and is a leading producer of quality aromatic isocyanates, such as MDI and TDI. The business manufactures and markets polyurethane products and polyurethane systems that create rigid, semi-rigid and flexible foams, adhesives, sealants, coatings, elastomers and binders used for a broad range of applications including bedding and furniture. Dow also offers the latest in polyol technology with RENUVA™ Renewable Resource Technology ( and VORANOL™ VORACTIV™ polyols (, part of an ongoing initiative by Dow to lead the industry in providing high-performance products.


Founded in 1995, the Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) is a national not-for-profit organization created to facilitate the growth and positive awareness of the specialty sleep category. SSA membership is comprised of more than 100 manufacturers and retailers ranging from small, family-owned businesses to large corporations.


Companies interested in learning more about the SSA Green Initiative should contact SSA Executive Director Tambra Jones,


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