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Over the years vinyl flooring has developed an unjustifiable fame as not being environmentally friendly. However, Polyflor vinyl flooring products have proven that this is not always true.
Polyflor is proud to be appraised with higher sustainability standards than most and has acquired several green certifications from the UK and other worldwide certification bodies. Polyflor South Africa only import the highest quality products, with the focus on products that has earned the stringent local Vinyl Dot certification, by the Southern African Vinyl Association (SAVA), certifying complete adherence to the SAVA Product Stewardship Commitment. This certification is proof that these products are responsible, safe and of the best quality.
Polyflor, as part of their commitment to ensuring environmentally sustainable products, have adopted a “cradle to cradle” approach which addresses the real questions around vinyl flooring.
Let’s look at their analysis and insights of vinyl flooring
A huge factor in the building industry and essential focus point is sustainability.
Sustainable manufacturing starts by sourcing raw materials. Polyflor vinyl flooring products contain up to 85% natural materials that are 100% recyclable. Vinyl is made up of 57% salt (chlorine) and 43% oil (ethylene), salt being one of the world’s most abundant natural resources. All raw materials used in the manufacture of Polyflor vinyl flooring are responsibly sourced from responsible suppliers and purchased in bulk to minimise logistics. Like Polyflor, their suppliers are ISO 14001 certified or demonstrate robust environmental management.
Vinyl is exceptionally energy efficient to produce and require at least 15% less energy than linoleum and 50% less energy in the manufacturing process than ceramics. Furthermore, embedded energy is reduced when recycled material is used in place of raw materials. Polyflor follows the strictest industry regulations ensuring no harmful substances such as formaldehyde, lead, cadmium, mercury, or hexavalent chromium are included in their vinyl.
Polyflor flooring is packed in the most effective manner to provide the necessary protection whilst minimising waste. Recycling of various elements of their packaging waste is organised on site, with recycled packaging used where possible.
Mindful logistics processes are strictly followed to minimise impact in the distribution and transportation processes.
Polyflor continues to develop and improve installation methods for its flooring ranges, with increased use of solvent-free adhesives and adhesive-free vinyl flooring, such as Camaro Loc, Expona SimpLay, Secura and Designatex. The added benefit of adhesive-free flooring is the ability to recycle and reuse the product.
Most Polyflor products are designed with low-maintenance features including aPUR reinforcement coating which ensures superior cleaning benefits, enhanced protection, and optimum appearance retention. The PUR coating is environmentally sustainable, ensuring less use of energy, polish, water, and cleaning chemicals.
Vinyl offers excellent durability. The longer a product lasts, the less energy and resources are needed to manufacture, deliver, and install a replacement. The lifecycle of vinyl is generally 20-25 years but can last much longer with the correct maintenance regime.
Polyflor SA is dedicated to optimising recycling and building sustainability awareness across the value chain.