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POLYURETHANE is one of those materials that widely used in a lot of ways and can’t be summed up in a simple sentence.

For the moment, I’m going to send you to a post I wrote on my Toxic-Free Q&A about polyuretane that has a whole discussion: The Toxicity of Polyurethane.

GOTS-Approved Polyurethane

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) approves certain non-agricultural materials for use in making GOTS-certified products that are primarily made from organic agricultural materials. These “approved” materials must meet the portion of their standard that prohibits a whole list of toxic chemicals. “GOTS-Approved Polyurethane” is polyurethane that qualifies to be used in GOTS-certified organic products because it does not contain any of the prohibited chemicals listed in Section 2.3 of Manual for the Implementation of the Global Organic Textile Standard.

This makes polyurethane one of the few plastics approved by GOTS for the making of the incidental “accessory” pieces needed to construct a quality product.

That said, they are approving a very specific polyurethane for a very specific use, and not polyurethane mixed with toxic additives to make floor finish, or polyurethane mixed with other toxic additives to make polyurethane foam for mattresses and stuffed furniture.

I’ll work on sorting all this out now that I have a page to write about it.


In this Knowledge Base, i'm gathering together bits and pieces of information about materials used to make products, and bringing some order to them so we can all better understand what's in our products. So many pages will be incomplete as I go through this process. When I feel I've put together a fairly complete picture of the material, I'll take down this notice from this page.