HSINCHU, Taiwan—When it comes to marine upholstery, General Silicones Co. Ltd. believes it has a real solution to faux leather.
The silicone product manufacturer is touting its Compo-Sil technology as a green, vegan alternative to the "toxic" leather and leatherette materials used for marine upholstery.
"The extreme environment of the marine environment so far required upholstery companies to rely on faux leather products based on expanded vinyl," the company said in a news release. "Unfortunately, those products are a mix of vinyl plastic and a high percentage of PVC, a plastic notorious for its toxicity during manufacturing, disposal and as a microplastic source."
Silicone offers an eco-friendly alternative, the company said, since it is non-toxic and free of phenylpropanolamine (PPA), lead, latex and halogens.
"Silicone rubber does not decay into microplastic waste," General Silicones said. "When burned or disposed of in landfills, silicone rubber will convert back into inorganic, harmless ingredients: amorphous silica, carbon dioxide and water vapor. Thus, it does not pose a threat to the environment, wildlife and ecosystems."