In business, minimizing waste is one of the biggest goals of an organization, whether it’s materials or manpower. Some industries are inherently wasteful, but one area that is shockingly efficient is the foam industry.
With most materials, mistakes, runoff, and scraps are all wasted costs, thrown away in the garbage. With foam, many scrap pieces are able to be made into new products. A chunk of foam sawn off the end of a topper can become multiple keyboard typing pads, or a mis-cut mattress can be diced up into multiple pillows. While these mistakes rarely happen with the automation of manufacturing these days, when they do, it isn’t cause for panic.
What’s more, the smallest pieces and most irregular cuts of foam can be reused, even if they can’t be repurposed into a new product. For these scraps, foam shredders turn what’s left from a foam-cutting job into fluffy, comfortable filling. Shredded foam has enough uses that virgin foam sheets are routinely shredded to meet demand, but foam scraps get added into the batch as well. “Scrap” shouldn’t carry a negative connotation either, since in every case, the chunk being shredded was only a saw blade’s width away from being part of a mattress, pillow, or cushion.
Shredded foam is then turned into pillow stuffing, beanbag chair filler, and carpet padding. With this kind of versatility, foam is one of the most efficient products on the market, in any industry!