PVC is acknowledged as being ideal for floor covering thanks to its resistance to wear and extreme durability. What many people may not know is just how environmentally friendly PVC is. The production and use of vinyl flooring does not result in any significant impairment to man or the environment whatsoever. Life cycle assessments such as studies carried out by the EU Commission confirm the high standards achieved by PVC.
The take-off point for PVC production rock salt (table salt) and crude oil (43 %). The other raw materials involved, such as chalks, pigments and plasticisers are all physiologically harmless. PVC does not contain formaldehyde or PCP, heavy metals, lead or cadmium. Vinyl is a product that is easy on valuable resources, compared with floor coverings made of polyethylene, polypropylene, synthetic rubber or elastomers.
Numerous scientific studies worldwide have demonstrated that PVC products do not present any risk to man. This is clearly demonstrated by the use of PVC in the medical sector: be it infusion bags and tubing, adhesive plasters or oxygen tents.
Vinyl floor covering safeguards against flammability. Products have been tested in accordance with international standards EN13501 and achieve the most positive results for resilient flooring.
Disposal of vinyl flooring is easy, since old flooring and production waste are 100% recyclable.