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Sleeping greener, sleeping cooler: Cargill BiOH® soy-based polyol memory foam mattresses cool 25 percent faster than gel-infused alternatives

Two-years of product development results in new BiOH® visco polyols


Sleeping greener, sleeping cooler: Cargill BiOH® soy-based polyol memory foam mattresses cool 25 percent faster than gel-infused alternatives.MINNEAPOLIS — 1 February 2012 — Following two years of product development research, Cargill announces that memory foam mattresses made with its revolutionary BiOH® soy-based visco polyols ingredient dissipate heat 25 percent faster than memory foams using conventional infused-gel technology.

Memory foams are popular among people seeking a supportive mattress that conforms to their body, which reduces tossing and turning. Until now, one disadvantage of memory foams is the tendency to absorb and retain heat. Testing shows that foams produced with the new BiOH® visco polyols offer a cooler, more comfortable night’s sleep, while providing other memory foam benefits.

The temperature advantages of the Cargill bio-based product over other memory foams and gel-based products are vitally important to consumers. Sleep studies consistently show that even a slight increase in external temperatures can become uncomfortable enough to awaken sleepers.

“Temperature is a critical element in a good night’s sleep,” said Kelsey Ness, marketing manager for the BiOH® brand. “Research data shows that the closer a person can stay to their body’s natural ‘set point,’ the more rested they will be in the morning. Foams made with the new BiOH® visco polyols not only dissipate heat more quickly, but also, because they are nature-based, are less sensitive to temperature overall. The new foam stays softer at cooler temperatures, further enhancing a comfortable night’s sleep.”

BiOH®’s visco polyols are a soy-based ingredient, resulting from Cargill’s research and development in visco elastic memory foam polyol technology, which allows the supplier to facilitate formulation of new foam products through foam producers. Foams made with the new BiOH® ingredients can incorporate more than 70 percent renewable polyols, twice the percentage of renewable ingredients in the foam products previously available. Prior to the BiOH® visco polyol development, the renewable to petroleum based ingredient ratio was dominated by the petroleum polyol. This high percentage of plant-based ingredient now allows the renewable component to reach more than 50 percent of total foam composition thereby replacing an even larger amount of petroleum-based ingredients. The new Cargill BiOH® visco polyols are now commercially available to foam producers and bedding manufacturers.

“BiOH® polyol foams have been recognized as a sustainable option for eco-conscious shoppers, but this recent breakthrough gives bedding manufacturers and retailers another benefit to sell,” adds Ness. “‘Cool sleep’ products appear to be one of the fastest growing categories focused on improving sleep and overall wellness, and we're excited to contribute in a positive way to the trend.”



Leslie Newby, Brand Communications, Inc., 336-207-4623,
Pete Stoddart, Cargill, 952-742-6608,



Cargill’s BiOH® Polyols 

Cargill’s Industrial Oils & Lubricants business unit is the maker of BiOH® polyols, an ingredient for flexible foam used in a host of consumer products including bedding, mattresses, furniture, carpet cushion, and automotive seats, and is made from renewable soybean oil.

About Cargill

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 142,000 people in 66 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit and its news center.