Information on PVC
PVC, commonly known as vinyl, is one of the most widely used plastics in the world, touching virtually every part of our lives. From the PVC pipe that brings most of the United States and Canada the water that we drink to the vinyl windows, electrical conduit, insulation for electrical wiring, flooring, vinyl fences, etc. that make our homes more comfortable and energy efficient – PVC is all around us.
The Vinyl Institute’s website (www.vinylinfo.org <http://www.vinylinfo.org/> ) reports that “PVC pipe accounts for more than 70 percent of new buried water distribution pipes being installed in the United States and Canada.” PVC is an extremely durable material that is much stronger than many other plastics. For instance, from our testing, we’ve seen our DuraCores withstand impacts of many times that which completely shattered other plastic cores made of ABS or Styrene.
PVC is extremely chemical resistant and resists attack or degradation from a wide range of chemicals, making it the material of choice in many tough industrial applications. It is also used in many critical applications such as in medical products. PVC is used for blood and intravenous bags as well as many of the tubes and catheters used in hospitals throughout the world.
PVC makes good environmental sense
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. Life cycle assessments such as studies carried out by the EU Commission confirm the high standards achieved by PVC.
Easy on valuable resources
PVC starts with table salt! 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.
Hygienic and perfectly safe
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.
Safeguarding against flammability
Vinyl floor covering safeguards against flammability. Our products have been tested in accordance with international standards to achieve the most positive results for resilient flooring.