In 1998, Foam Supplies, Inc. (FSI) set out to develop a next generation foam blowing agent that would not have the negative environmental impacts of the blowing agents being used at the time, such as CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs. After four years of painstaking research, development, experimentation, testing and trials, Foam Supplies was granted a worldwide patent for ecomate® in 2002. As refinements have been made over the years, additional patents have been and continue to be granted.

FSI began selling its first ecomate® polyurethane foam systems in 2002, and in just one year, successfully converted 95% of its HCFC systems customers to ecomate®. In 2003, the U.S. EPA first listed ecomate® as an approved substitute for CFCs and HCFCs under its SNAP (Significant New Alternatives Policy) Program. Additional SNAP listings were granted in 2004 and 2006, as well as in the EPA’s July 2015 ruling regarding HFC phase outs (see links under “Regulatory Compliance“).