The inventor of a garden hose who used thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Covestro has been recognised by a US magazine for his efforts in using water more efficiently.
Jeff Thomas, co-founder of Water Right, based in McMinnville, Oregon, was not satisfied with the performance of soaker hoses, which are frequently used by nurseries and homeowners to water flower and vegetable gardens.
Water slowly drips or weeps out of small holes along the length of the hose so water is not wasted through runoff or evaporation. These hoses have traditionally been formed from recycled rubber or polyvinyl chloride.
But Thomas set out to build a better soaker hose using TPU from Covestro.
And as a result, his new invention was named one of the Top 100 2016: Best New Outdoor Living Products by This Old House magazine, a companion publication to the Emmy-winning home-improvement series.
“Working alongside Covestro we found the chemistry – both in their people and their products – we were looking for,” said Thomas.
“The company's TPU resin, coupled with outstanding technical service, have been instrumental in creating the quality hoses we produce. Their team did an amazing job; I don't think another supplier could be as responsive as Covestro.”
Texin claims to provide natural flexibility in a wide temperature range without the addition of plasticisers or phthalates and does not sustain or support mould and mildew.
“We worked closely with Water Right to determine which TPU resin was best suited for the soaker hose,” said Covestro commercial development manager Tim Jacobs,
“We developed a polyether urethane with a lower durometer for consistent and controlled water delivery.”