ASK DENVER – Vinyl: an eco-conscious choice?

by Ofentse Sefolo
ASK DENVER – Vinyl: an eco-conscious choice?

With more than 50 years of experience in the local and international flooring industry, Denver Coleman, Chairman of Polyflor SA, highlights the reasons why vinyl flooring has been given the “green” light from a sustainability perspective, along with reasons why Polyflor should be your supplier of choice.

We have a ‘green’ quotient to meet and I need to understand if vinyl flooring is a sustainable flooring solution to consider?” Fiona Jennings, Cape Town.

With an increased demand for sustainability, architects, specifiers and contractors from around the world are adapting their methods to adopt this new thinking.

Raw materials sourced responsibly
Sustainable manufacturing starts with the responsible selection of raw materials and Polyflor vinyl flooring products contain up to 85% natural materials that are 100% recyclable. Calcium carbonate, freely available from the earth’s crust makes up the balance. Polyflor does not use any plasticisers that are registered as repro-toxic, endocrine disrupting or carcinogenic. Lead, cadmium or any other “harmful” substances will never be found in any of the products.

Vinyl Dot certification
Polyflor is proud to be rated with higher sustainability standards than most, with a host of green certifications from the UK and other worldwide certification bodies. Polyflor South Africa will only import the highest quality products and has earned the local Vinyl Dot certification, by the Southern African Vinyl Association (SAVA), certifying complete adherence to the SAVA Product Stewardship Commitment. This attests to the fact that these products are responsible, safe and of the best quality.

To achieve the Vinyl Dot certification, companies must commit to sustainable manufacturing processes, with a focus on mercury-free vinyl production and on reducing Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) emissions and content in their products.

Polyflor SA is dedicated to optimising recycling and building sustainability awareness across the value chain. Polyflor SA has been collecting and recycling installation offcuts for several years now and has “rescued” over 8 tons of material from landfill. New testing methods are being explored to recycle rip up material and should be trialed shortly.

Resource efficient and responsible production

Vinyl, as a floor covering solution, is notably energy-efficient to produce and the production process uses 15% less energy than linoleum and 50% less energy than ceramics. Further to this, an estimated 84% of the fuel mix which Polyflor UK uses for electricity comes directly from renewable energy.

What is important to note is where the vinyl flooring product is manufactured and by whom. There are a great deal of products still made with no compliance to worldwide responsible and best practice guidelines. Make sure to enquire and ask for the sustainability credentials before selecting your product.

For more information, visit www.polyflor.co.za, email marketing@polyflor.co.za or call +27 (11) 609 3500 to speak to Blythe or Wendy.

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