Malama Composites Wins “Most Innovative Technology” Award From PortTech For B
On September 25, 2014, Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) member Malama Composites, Inc. (Malama) announced that its biobased rigid urethane foams won the PortTech Los Angeles Entrepreneur Pitch Competition "Most Innovative Technology" Award while competing against almost 100 other clean technology companies. The foams are part of Malama's groundbreaking, non-toxic, biobased product line which is "cost and performance competitive with petroleum-based foams, but far safer and healthier for the food chain, workplaces and homeowners and more easily recycled." Malama's rigid urethane foams are carbohydrate-based and are made of castor, soy, and recycled polyethylene terephthalates (PET) rather than petroleum. The biobased foams do not contain volatile organic compounds typically found in traditional foams. This, as well as the other environmentally friendly attributes of the foams, makes them candidates for many green building certifications such as the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, the USDA BioPreferred Purchasing Program, and the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program.