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Closing the
loop with PVC
Content
Editorial1
Case studies
- Case 1: High performance fun and games
- Case 2: Sitting on sustainable innovation
- Case 3: Bees’ know-how to treat water
- Case 4: Recycling investment and technology that pay off
- Case 5: Driving resource efficiency
- Case 6: Reduce-Reuse-Recycle
- Case 7: Building a sustainable Europe
- Case 8: Catering to the public procurement sector
- Case 9: A holistic approach
- Case 10: Large diameters to overcome large challenges
- Case 11: Relaxing in style
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Getting the most out of VinylPlus
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Legislation is not necessarily the
best answer in every situation. Here
is a perfect example of an industry
doing something on a voluntary basis
to act in the interest of, not only
themselves or the consumer, but the
European Union as a whole.
VinylPlus is the renewed ten-year Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the
European PVC industry. Launched in 2011, the programme has been developed in an open process
of stakeholder dialogue with industry, NGOs, regulators, public representatives and users.
Five key challenges have been identified based on The Natural Step System Conditions1 for a
Sustainable Society on recovery and recycling, emissions reduction, sustainable use of additives,
energy efficiency and sustainability awareness. The regional scope of the programme is
the EU-27 plus Norway and Switzerland (www.vinylplus.eu).
Vinyl 2010 was a 10-year programme launched in the year 2000 to move the
PVC industry towards sustainability by minimising the environmental impact of
production, promoting responsible use of additives, supporting collection and
recycling schemes, and encouraging social dialogue amongst all of the industry’s
stakeholders. Over this period, reporting annually and overseen by an independent
Monitoring Committee, Vinyl 2010 succeeded in meeting its performance
targets. Almost a million tonnes of PVC waste had been recycled by the time the
programme came to an end in 2010.
One of the objectives of the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment is to recycle 800,000 tonnes
of PVC waste per year by 2020, including 100,000 tonnes of difficult to recycle PVC through
innovative recycling technologies.
Investments in research and development have always been interlinked with PVC waste
management, resulting in new recycling technologies and products of higher added value
(economic or environmental). A real pull market is being developed in Europe with companies
having increasingly easy access to quality recyclate certified by Recovinyl (www.recovinyl.com),
the organisation set up in 2003 by Vinyl 2010 to ensure a steady supply of post-consumer PVC
waste for recycling in Europe.
According to the principles of a circular economy described in the European Union’s roadmap
to a Resource Efficient Europe and the Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan,
companies have to re-think and re-design their products and processes to reduce raw materials
and energy consumption, extend their life-cycle, and re-use and recycle as much as possible.
The PVC industry is no exception and programmes like VinylPlus are perfectly aligned to the
“do-more-with-less” school of thought.
This brochure is a non-exhaustive selection of best practice examples developed within
the framework of the VinylPlus programme showing that we don’t just talk the talk, we also
walk the walk.
1. The Natural Step Framework is an internationally recognised method for sustainability planning that integrates the science of sustainability with business decision-making.
It is an openly published and peer-reviewed model promoted by the international NGO, The Natural Step, along with its network of scientists, business and community leaders.
(www.thenaturalstep.org)
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EDITORIAL
Member of European Parliament Sajjad Karim,
Conservatives, United Kingdom - Vinyl 2010
Monitoring Committee Member
CASE 1
High performance
fun and games
Your voluntary commitment is a really
important step that brings in a broader coalition
than just the member states of the UN. You are
not just talking you are actually doing.
Tomas A. Christensen, Senior Advisor, United Nations Office for Partnerships
Sustainability was a core
component of the 2012
Olympics and a key reason
for London winning the bid.
Recognising the potential
scale of PVC required for the
Games – from membrane
wraps to flooring, cabling
and pipework – the London
2012 Sustainability Group
engaged VinylPlus, via the
British Plastics Federation,
in conversations with the
London authorities to define
their policy on PVC.
The policy set out parameters for
using PVC, including manufacturing
requirements (i.e. compliance with
ECVM Charter1, freedom from heavy
metals, and preference for at least
30% recycled content) as well as
a take-back and re-use or recycle
clause.
The objective was to stimulate the
supply chain to find innovative ways
1. www.pvc.org/en/p/ecvm-charter
to provide environmental benefits
and use additives sustainably taking
into account the whole life cycle
of the product. The policy also
recognised that there were certain
functional requirements for which PVC
is the most appropriate material (e.g.
cabling).
Take back schemes that specified
incineration, land-filling or any form of
disposal that did not include recycling
or re-engineering options were
not acceptable. The ODA (Olympic
Delivery Authority, www.gov.uk/oda)
contractors approached the supply
chain to procure suitable solutions.
Thanks to its participation in
TexyLoop® (www.texyloop.com), a
unique and operational recycling
chain and its cooperation with
Gymnova, VinylPlus partner Serge
Ferrari (www.sergeferrari.com) met
the strict ODA requirements.
Over 140,000 square meters of PVC
were used at the London Olympics,
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mostly in applications such as:
• Tensile fabric structures
• High performance sports
surfaces and seating
A very large amount of the
PVC used, especially in
temporary structures, has been
recycled by TexyLoop, which was
developed with the support of
Vinyl 2010.
Altro (www.altro.co.uk) was another
company able to meet the very
strict criteria and became the only
approved supplier of safety flooring
and hygienic wall cladding to the
London 2012 Games. Its adhesive-free
safety flooring, which can be taken up
easily post-installation for re-use or
recycling, was used as a temporary
surface in a large number of buildings.
There are cases where for Health
and Safety reasons the only solution
is a PVC based material.
© Hopkins Architects
Recycling PVC waste means
not only giving a new life to
a valuable resource, but also
re-thinking and re-designing
recycled pvc production and
applications in order to obtain
a higher added value in terms
of technical and environmental
performance.
© Olympic Delivery Authority
© Olympic Delivery Authority
CASE 1
from ‘Learning legacy’ - Olympic Delivery Authority
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The high-quality, virgin-like,
regenerated PVC produced by the
VinyLoop® (www.vinyloop.com)
recycling plant in Ferrara, Italy, is now
a key component of many finished
goods’ eco-efficiency. A physical,
solvent-based, recycling technology,
VinyLoop® produces high quality
R-PVC (recycled PVC) compounds.
Using VinyLoop® recycled materials,
French outdoors equipment company
Lafuma has created a top-quality
chair. When the textile is worn down
or no longer in style, it is possible to
bring it back to the nearest dealer. The
materials are then sent to VinyLoop®
Ferrara for recycling using TexyLoop®,
a process dedicated to recycle such
coated textiles.
Recycled PVC granulates from the
Ferrara plant can also be found
in applications such as garden
hoses, geo-membranes for ponds
or even shoe soles. They all offer
significant primary energy and water
consumption savings.
The garden hose manufacturing
process is based on the use of
different kinds of plasticised PVC
compounds. VinyLoop® has managed
to use up to 90% of regenerated
PVC, and the hose itself (which
includes recycled PVC), is totally
recyclable, significantly lowering its
environmental footprint.
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© VinyLoop ®
PVC recycling processes
have constantly evolved
and improved the recycling
of a large variety of vinyl
composite materials.
Ettore Nanni, ESPA (European Stabiliser Producers
Association, www.stabilisers.org)
© Lafuma
CASE 2
Sitting on
sustainable
innovation
The industry will review the
use of all additives consistent
with attaining full sustainability,
and especially commit to
progressively replace substances
that can accumulate in nature
or where there is reasonable
doubt regarding toxic effects.
After Hamon (www.hamon.com)
has dismantled the cooling towers
and removed the cray, a second
company, CIFRA (www.cifra.fr),
produces thermoforming recycled
Hoser (www.kunststoffmatten24.de),
another example, produces hightech special boards from recycled
coated fabrics, such as mats
for ground stabilisation used as
flooring in horse dressage and
show jumping.
© ERPA
PVC packaging waste is ground
into new compounds, and used to
produce drainage sheets for ground
treatment.
products such as honeycombs for
water treatment following further
recycling and treatment.
Similarly, post-industrial PVC/PE
film waste is used to create
greenhouse flooring.
The European PVC industry’s commitment to sustainable
development and the contribution being made by our companies
in supporting and financing the VinylPlus programme has been
widely recognised. The progress made toward a more sustainable
industry and products has been significant and concrete.
Our industry is aware of its social responsibility and of the duty
that this implies. Important efforts have been made to achieve
our set targets, even in these difficult economic times. Our unique
mix of creativity and technological innovation, social responsibility
and economic prosperity, environmental protection and resource
efficiency is the best recipe for success.
© Hoser
After collection and delivery
by specialised companies,
plastics waste can be
separated and crushed to
obtain raw materials.
CASE 3
Bees’ know-how
to treat water
© ERPA
Michael Träger, VinylPlus Chairman
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PVC Recycling Limited
(www.pvcrecycling.co.uk), one
of Recovinyl’s longest-standing
members, has been developing a
process that recovers high-quality
PVC powder and pellets from
post-consumer PVC waste.
Recovinyl is an initiative of the
European PVC industry. Its mission is
to optimise the resource efficiency
of the PVC industry by mediating
between recyclers and converters
to enable a trustworthy relationship
and material flow based on a PVC
recyclate certification system.
© Ole Grondahl Hansen
The PVC industry is
comfortable using recovered
pre-consumer offcuts from
the production process.
However, it can still be
challenging to find reliable,
high-quality sources of
post-consumer waste.
PVC Recycling Ltd Managing
Directors Ian and Joanne Murray
have overcome challenges along the
way to prove their process and now
supply recycled PVC powder and
pellets to manufacturers worldwide.
The technically-advanced plant has
the capacity to recover in excess of
12,000 tonnes per year; with plenty
of scope for expansion as the market
develops.
This success attracted the attention
of The North West Fund for Energy
Collection, of course, is the starting point for recycling and hence it was the
main focus for Recovinyl when it was created back in 2003. However, it is
time for us to move beyond simply ensuring that the volumes of PVC being
recycled each year increase. Going forward, Recovinyl’s work will revolve around
optimising the resource efficiency of the entire PVC industry by mediating
between recyclers and converters to enable a trustworthy relationship and
material flow based on a PVC recyclate certification system.
© Plásticos Escanero
Dumping PVC in landfill takes up precious land and squanders valuable
materials. As landfill is being progressively restricted in the European Union,
recycling will increasingly become the principal, if not the only option for many
end-of-life PVC products.
The final goal is to encourage the development of a ‘pull market’ for recycled
PVC products. Only by doing so can we guarantee that recycling will help us
preserve fossil fuels and land for future generations.
Eric Criel, Recovinyl General Manager
© Ole Grondahl Hansen
CASE 4
Recycling investemen
and technology that
and the Environment, managed by
350 Investment partners, which
has provided development funding
to PVC Recycling. This has allowed
Ian and Joanne to significantly
expand their output and establish a
specialist extrusion capability to help
both manufacturers and users of
PVC-based products benefit from the
substantial margin and environmental
advantages of using recycled
post-consumer material.
Post-consumer recyclate performs
exactly like virgin raw material for
both extruders and end-users;
and as a result of the firm’s unique
processes, it does not suffer from the
visible inclusions that occur in other
recycled material. It is suitable for
manufacturing back into everyday
products, from equestrian fencing to
new PVC windows and plastic building
products, such as fascias, soft fittings
and guttering.
Alexander Dangis, EuPC (European Plastics
Converters, www.plasticsconverters.eu)
PVC-U’s (unplasticised PVC)
environmental credentials are
impressive with research suggesting
that it can actually be recycled
up to seven times without losing
performance1. PVC windows and
doors have an average 35 to 40-year
lifespan, so at the end of their useful
lives they can potentially be turned
into many new and diverse products
over several centuries2.
1. The BRE (British Research Establishment) estimates that
PVC-U can be recycled up to seven times over a 200-year
lifespan. In its 2008 Green Guide to Specification, the BRE
has awarded PVC-u windows and cladding systems an
A rating for domestic and an A+ rating for commercial
properties.
2. The Building Research Establishment (BRE) Scoping
Study ‘Service Life’ gives PVC-U a reference service life of
35 years. PVC-U profiles manufactured in accordance with
BS EN 12608 are expected to last in excess of 40 years,
according to the British Standards Institute (BSI).
Close cooperation between
VinylPlus and the European
PVC industry opens the
window to the future of PVC.
Gerhard Wewior, Managing Director of Georg Fischer DEKA GmbH
(www.gfps.com/deka), Switzerland, VinylPlus partner
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CASE 4
ent
pay off
The market needs recycling-based
formulations, improved by the
quality of compounds currently
in use. This is what we expect
to see in the next 10-15 years in
terms of development.
CASE 5
Driving resource
efficiency
Used in car interiors
world-wide, PVC is a
long-established supplier
of the automotive industry.
PVC rolls from VinylPlus
member Wardle Storeys
(www.wardlestoreys.com), are
being recycled and reprocessed
in an effort to improve the overall
company’s resource effiency.
Improving the way their energy,
water, raw materials and waste
is managed helps Wardle Storeys
to be more competitive, save
money and demonstrate reduced
environmental impact.
Voluntary commitments are
very often discussed within
any industry, but not very
often translated into reality.
In Vinyl 2010/VinylPlus’ journey
to sustainability, it’s been
crucial to know where to
go, to trust your partners
and to remain open minded
to input from outside.
In general VinylPlus marks an
important new phase for this
particular material. People in
the industry now have a clear
pathway for new ideas, new
business opportunities, and a
chance to be part of the future.
Success in those areas demands
that they continue to reach out
to society in a more positive
and solutions oriented manner.
They need to foster cooperative
efforts on the hot-topics rather
than defending old positions.
We regard VinylPlus as a
clear beacon for that kind of
leadership from business.
David Cook, Executive Ambassador
of The Natural Step International
Joachim Tremmel, ECPI (European
Council for Plasticisers and
Intermediates, www.plasticisers.org)
VinylPlus has not developed the
programme on its own. We have
involved an NGO, The Natural Step,
which is a big experiment and also
many other stakeholders from inside
and outside the PVC industry.
Together we have identified 5 key
challenges and about 30 different
targets – although very important,
recycling is just one of them –
including the sustainable use
of additives, incorporation of
renewable materials and energy,
emissions reductions, etc.
Vinyl 2010 is one of the few
successful industry Voluntary
Agreements in Europe. The key has
been working together as a unified
value chain since its launch. As
our goals become more ambitious,
we must be able to maintain this
united front but cannot do it on
our own. It is important that our
work continues to be overseen by
others, such as policy-makers, other
industry sectors or civil society
organisations, but we also need
their support.
Together, we can accomplish great
things.
Stefan Eingärtner,
VinylPlus Deputy General Manager
PVC waste is a valuable
raw material that should be
recovered.
All the production waste of
Deceuninck (www.deceuninck.be)
is reprocessed into new products
such as cyclefoam sound barriers
made of recycled post-consumer
PVC or recycled cladding with high
end decorative film. The organisation
also opened its own recycling centre
where it organises and recycles
© Deceuninck
CASE 6
© Deceuninck
© Deceuninck
© Deceuninck
© Deceuninck
Reduce-Reuse-Recycle
cut-offs from window manufacturers
and end of life PVC windows.
Deceuninck focuses its innovation
efforts on designing and achieving
the highest isolation for the lowest
material consumption. Like the
fiberglass reinforced Zendow#neo
window that reachs 30% better
insulation at 40% less weight.
The PVC industry has a
great role to play in light
of the current EU 2020
strategy which must be
supported by three key
pillars: innovation, skills
and sustainability.
Gwenole Cozigou, European Union’s
Director of DG Enterprise, Member
of the VinylPlus Monitoring Committee
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PVC is mainly used in
construction and public
works for window frames,
pipes, fittings, flooring,
cables and cladding. Within
the VinylPlus programme,
our partners are collectively
committed to greater
environmental quality of
PVC, aiming to multiply
three-fold the recycling
volume by 2020.
Full compatibility, consistency,
strength and a guarantee of optimal
quality are the reasons for selecting a
PVC solution in the implementation of
a Charmeil construction site in France
- a site dedicated to the extension
of a wastewater system for a new
residential area.
“For this project, which involved
creating network connections
2 meters deep before connecting to
the existing network - itself located
4 meters deep, the PVC solution was
the choice of the public procurer”,
explained Raphael Alric, sanitation
and water supply products
manager from Wavin in France
(www.wavin.com).
Le Havre in France also opted for
a PVC solution when it decided
to expand its tram network.
The construction site called for an
extension of the existing underground
pipe network and Rehau PVC pipes
and fittings (www.rehau.com) was
a natural choice given its ease of
use and resistance.
Do more with less. A simple yet
revolutionary concept which lies
at the heart of the more recent
international policies aimed at
promoting a genuine transition to
a green economy. For the industry
at large, and the PVC industry
in particular, it implies a radical
change in its modus operandi
bringing about a continuous quest
for improvements in the way
its resources are obtained and
transformed.
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© Le Havre - STR-PVC
CASE 7
© ECVM
Building a
sustainable Europe
In some countries public procurement
professionals are legally required to
take a comprehensive and measured
approach when purchasing PVC
products. These decisions have
great impact at European, national
and regional levels and hence even
municipal choices can help setting the
right precedent and lead by example
when it comes to material choice.
In a study1 on the ‘Total Cost
of Ownership’ (TCO), Professor
Marangoni (Bocconi University,
Italy) looked at three key PVC
applications - windows, pipes and
1. Visit www.pvcconstruct.org/en/p/pvc-tco
European Commission, Joint Research Centre
‘Working Document’ on ‘Green Public Procurement
for Windows and External Doors’ (2012)
flooring - taking into account all
costs associated with a product
over its entire life-cycle. The
results showed that PVC products
provide the lowest ‘whole life
cost’ in each of the application
examined. Some public bodies
have conducted their own TCO
studies on PVC products and
alternatives reaching similar
results.
In Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom, a
7-year investment and refurbishment
plan by the city council (started in
2005) saw the installation of PVC-U
windows, doors, fascias, soft fittings
and rainwater goods for 1,620
residential properties. The municipality
is also recycling up to 400 first
generation PVC-U windows per week.
permitted in the renovated or newly
built municipal buildings of Solingen in
Germany.
The city’s Finance Committee lifted a
restriction passed by the Environment
Committee in 1992 and in doing so,
paved the way for PVC products.
According to the City Council, the
installation of PVC windows and
doors leads to savings of around
70,000 euros per year in comparison
to other materials. These potential
savings have been highlighted by the
renovation of the Geschwister-SchollGesamtschule secondary school, for
which the use of PVC products will
save around 385,000 euros.
Also in the UK, Liverpool, the city
council worked with Liverpool
Mutual Homes (LMH) to install PVC-U
windows with an ‘A’ energy rating.
LMH Project Officer Jodie Powell said
residents had remarked on how the
new windows have made their homes
much warmer and have improved the
external appearance of the properties.
As reported by the Solinger Tageblatt,
the use of PVC products for door
and window systems is once again
We have to admit that we all have a responsibility to
work closely together, producers, consumers, recyclers
and waste operators, and of course policy makers.
Janez Potocˇnik, European Commissioner for the Environment
© Rehau
Public procurement
authorities can set an
influential example for
industry and consumers
alike whilst contributing to
raising awareness about the
importance of sustainable
development.
PVC windows can meet the Green
Public procurement criteria, provided
the bidder shall demonstrate that
the production of PVC complies
with best practice in accordance
with VinylPlus or equivalent.
CASE 8
Catering to
the public
procurement
sector
CASE 9
A holistic appro
Through a special
recycling process,
non-woven, woven or
textile lamination are
separated from sheets
made from soft PVC.
Then it separates the
different materials from
each other to turn these
into sustainable raw
materials for production
purposes. Their main
PVC-P (plasticised PVC)
products include floor
screed films, insulation
mats, sound absorbing
foils and damp-proof
wall barriers.
Caretta (www.caretta-folie.de)
has chosen the path of a direct
partnership with the German
plastics processors’ associations
and industry, and together found
a way to recycle plastic waste
materials up to 100%.
Approximately 2,500 tonnes of
hard to separate soft PVC material,
lined with fleece, woven fabric
or polyester, are returned to the
production cycle each year.
The plastic waste material is
collected directly at the point of
origin and subjected to mechanical
processing. Recyclable materials
clad with fleece, fabric or textiles
are poured into a shredder from
above and chopped into sections
approximately 4 - 6 cm long.
The system is geared to deliver
1,000 kg of output per hour.
The shredded sections are then
processed into granulate via a
conveyor belt that is coupled to
the volume intended for further
processing. The screen used
determines the grain size.
The company’s Managing Director,
Patrick Fertich, decided to
begin producing PVC-films from
recycled PVC-P.
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Jon Skinner, Commercial Director of Epwin Window Systems
Division (www.epwin.co.uk), United Kingdom, VinylPlus partner
CASE 9
oach
Think about your business, think
about your future – by joining together
we can all contribute to support the
industry that supports us and ensure
we have loyal and well informed
customers who remain confident
in our processes & products.
© Caretta
© Caretta
The programme is
essential for the
European PVC industry in
tackling the sustainability
challenges for PVC.
The programme brings
together a wide range
of companies with a
common commitment sustainable development.
Geir Vegsund, Managing Director,
H-Produkter AS (www.hprodukter.no),
VinylPlus partner
The United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) defines
the “circular economy” as “an
economy which balances economic
development with environmental and
resources protection, with emphasis
on the most efficient use and recycling
of resources, and environmental
protection”. A circular economy
features low energy consumption, low
polluting emission and high efficiency.
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CASE 10
Large diameters
to overcome large
challenges
the Spanish company Molecor
(www.molecor.com) has developed
ground-breaking technology to
produce the largest PVC-O pipe in
the world.
The PVC industry is responding
with innovative solutions to global
megatrends, including the growing
demand for water, energy and
resource efficiency amid difficult
economic times. Very aware of the
need to address this huge challenge,
The new piping is based on hot
air that saves energy during the
bi-orientation process. This means
less energy consumption during the
manufacturing of these pipes. As
explained by Ignacio Muñoz, CEO of
Molecor TECH, his company has also
developed a system of joints between
pipes ensuring the dependability of
any water network.
© Molecor Tecnologia S.L.
Water management is a key
issue in a planet expected to
be home for 9 billion people
by 2050.
Outstanding properties such as
pressure and impact resistance,
hydraulic capacity, lightness and low
maintenance are available in these
large diameters, suitable for main
networks of fresh water distribution.
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In the current economic
situation, it will be crucial
to safeguard the PVC
market. If the VinylPlus
Voluntary Commitment can
help to make our products
more sustainable it will
turn into a competitive
market advantage
in the longer term.
Marino Uberti, Managing Director –
Alfatherm (www.alfatherm.it), Italy,
VinylPlus partner
Eco-design is an innovative
sector full of potential
to introduce the use
of recyclates. Aware of
PVC’s potential, Swiss
designer Cédric Carles
(www.atelier2ce.org)
conceived a chair made from
extruded, calendered sheets.
His creation is a model of eco-design;
it can be completely disassembled
and it uses Pevetex® fabric and
stainless steel tubing and screws that
are completely recyclable. It’s suitable
for use indoors and outdoors.
This relaxing chair is made by
calendering a thick PVC sheet
mixed with Pevetex®, which comes
from waste. The PVC textile sheet,
produced by RENOLIT, is supported by
fabric obtained by the densification
procedure of Chaize, a Recovinyl
network member. In this particular
case, the PVC waste comes from
end-of-life vehicle upholstery.
In VinylPlus we continue with
the same motivation that led the
PVC industry to launch its first
sustainability programme in the
year 2000. This motivation is derived
from sharing the same vision with all
our partners. From there you can then
establish and commit to measurable
targets, objectives, action plans.
The beginning of a programme like
this was not easy as we had to align
four different sectors representing
over 21,000 companies. We needed
some time to learn from each other,
learn how to work together. We are
a strong sector which can make a
difference.
We can demonstrate that our
efforts are paying off, that we can
achieve our targets. But, also very
importantly, there is increased
recognition for our initiative from
European and International bodies
such as the recently joined Green
Industry Platform jointly run by
UNIDO (United Nations Industrial
Development Organisation) and
UNEP (United Nations Environment
Programme). It is not just our sector;
it is the entire society that is working
to close the loop on sustainable
development. We must keep it up!
Brigitte Dero,
ECVM (European Council of Vinyl
Manufacturers, www.pvc.org) &
VinylPlus General Manager
CASE 11
© Cédric Charles
© Cédric Charles
Relaxing
in style
Getting
the most out
of VinylPlus
Socially responsible
excellence
VinylPlus is a Club of Excellence for
companies genuinely interested
in getting involved in sustainability
and living up to their corporate
social responsibility (CSR) to make
a difference.
The European Commission defines
CSR as “a concept whereby
companies integrate social and
environmental concerns in their
business operations and in their
interaction with their stakeholders on
a voluntary basis.” Corporate social
responsibility is part of the Europe
2020 strategy for smart, sustainable
and inclusive growth.
VinylPlus partners can increase their
company’s CSR by supporting the
content and principles of the VinylPlus
Voluntary Commitment, sharing data
on the use of recyclates and other
controlled-loop information, and
contributing to the overall European
PVC recycling through the financing
of VinylPlus.
We will be able, if we work
together, to give the message
that this is a good material and
that it should be used much
more than it is today.
Carlos Sánchez-Reyes de Palacio, President,
Spanish Organisation of Consumers and
Users/Vinyl2010 Monitoring Committee Member
Market recognition
Being a VinylPlus partner means
showing a positive attitude toward
sustainable materials and contributing
to the sustainable future of our
products, industry and society. You
will receive an Official Membership
Certificate stating that your company
is committed to the contents and
principles of the VinylPlus Voluntary
Commitment
Business value
The VinylPlus product label for
PVC products will give partner
companies high visibility and helps
sell sustainable products. It allows
customers and specifiers to better
identify products, applications
and solutions that contribute
to sustainable development.
Consumers, industry and
procurement decision-makers
will then have more transparent
information to enable them to make
smart and sustainable choices.
Tangible projects & Results
Every converter’s Euro input is
multiplied. VinylPlus spends the large
majority of its budget in downstream
converter projects and recycling.
70% is financed by the resin and
additive producers.
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Interested in making
your own commitment to
sustainability? Join us!
VinylPlus strongly believes that
the success of its initiatives
depends on the direct
participation of the highest
possible number of companies,
especially from the conversion
industry and downstream users
(recyclers, retailers, brand
holders). This will allow VinylPlus
to broaden its regional scope,
increase its impact and improve
its financial capabilities.
To find out more about how
to become a member, visit our
website, www.vinylplus.eu
www.vinylplus.eu
European PVC Converters contributing to VinylPlus
Austria • aluplast Austria GmbH • Dietzel GmbH • Pipelife Austria • Poloplast GmbH & Co KG • Rehau GmbH •
Sattler AG • Belgium • Aliaxis Group • Deceuninck NV • Dyka Plastics NV • Floridienne Chimie SA • IGI - Global
Wallcoverings Association • Pipelife Belgium NV • PROFIALIS NV • RENOLIT Belgium NV • Tessenderlo Chemie NV
• Wavin Belgium • Bulgaria • Czech republic • Pipelife Czech S.R.O. • Denmark • Nordisk Wavin A/S • Estonia
• Pipelife Eesti AS • Finland • KWH Pipe Oy AB • Pipelife Finland Oy • Upofloor Oy • Uponor Suomi Oy• France •
Cifra • CTS Cousin Tessier SAS • Deceuninck SAS • Dickson Saint Clair • Forbo Sarlino SAS • Gerflor SAS • Gerflor
Tarare • Girpi • Griffine Enduction • Nicoll • PROFIALIS SAS • PUM Plastiques SAS • Rehau SA • RENOLIT Ondex SAS •
S.I.D.I.A.C. • Serge Ferrari SAS • SOTRA-SEPEREF SAS • Tarkett France • Veka SAS • W.R. Grace S.A. • Wavin France SAS
• Germany • A. Kolckmann GmbH • aluplast GmbH • Alwitra • AMS Kunststofftechnik GbmH Co KG • Armstrong • BT
Bautechnik Impex GmbH + Co. KG • debolon dessauer bodenbeläge GmbH&Co. KG • Doellken Kunststoffverarbeitung
GmbH • Elbtal • FDT FlachdachTechnologie GmbH & Co. KG • Gealan Fenster Systeme GmbH • Georg FIscher Deka
GmbH • Gerflor Mipolam GmbH • Heubach GmbH • Heytex Bramsche • Heytex Neugersdorf GmbH • IKA GmbH
KG • Inoutic/Deceuninck GmbH • Klockner Pentaplast GmbH Co. KG • Konrad Hornschuh AG • Marley Deutschland
• Mehler Texnologies GmbH • MKF-Folien GMBH • MWK Kunststoffverarbeitungs GmbH • Pipelife Deutschland
GmbH • Polymer-Chemie GmbH • Profine GmbH • REHAU AG+Co • RENOLIT SE • Roechling Engeneering Plastics
KG • Salamander Industrie Produkte GmbH • Schuco International KG • Sika Trocal GmbH • Tarkett Holding GmbH •
Tonsmeier Kunststoffe GmbH & Co. KG • Veka AG • Verseidag-Indutex GmbH • Wavin Gmbh • Greece • Pipelife Hellas
S.A. • Hungary • BTH Fitting kft • Marley Hungaria • Paccor Hungary • Pipelife Hungaria • Wavin Hungary • Ireland
• Gernord Ltd • Wavin Ireland • Italy • Alfatherm S.p.A • Finstral AG • FIP • Flag SPA • Gallazzi SPA • Mondoplastico •
Nicoll Italy • Redi • RENOLIT Milano S.r.l. • Solvay Italy • Vulcaflex • Latvia • Lithuania • Wavin Baltic • Luxembourg
• Tarkett GDL SA • Netherlands • Dyka NV • Forbo Coral NV • Forbo-Novilon BV • NYLOPLAST EUROPE B.V. • Pipelife
Nederland BV • RENOLIT Nederland BV • Vescom BV • Wavin BV • Wavin Nederland BV • Norway • H Produkter AS •
Norsk Wavin • Protan AS • Poland • CTS-TCT Polska Sp. z.o.o. • Dyka Polska Sp. z.o.o. • Ergis Eurofilms SA • Inoutic/
Deceuninck Sp.z.o.o. • MKF-Ergis Sp. z.o.o. • Pipelife Polska SA • Poliplast • REHAU Sp. z.o.o. • Veka Polska • Wavin
Metalplast • Portugal • TMG • Romania • Slovenia • Juteks d.o.o. • Spain • BM, S.L. • Jimten • Manufacturas JBA
• Molecor • REHAU Industrias S.A. • RENOLIT Hispania SA • RENOLIT Iberica SA • Riuvert • Veka Iberica • Sweden
• Pipelife Sverige AB • Tarkett AB • Switzerland • Forbo Giubiasco SA • Omya International AG • Perlen Packaging
• Sika Manufacturing AG • United Kingdom • Altro • Amtico • Deceuninck Ltd • DHM • Epwin Window Systems •
Eurocell Profiles Ltd • Forbo Flooring UK Ltd • Polyflor • REHAU Ltd • RENOLIT Cramlington Ltd • Tarkett Limited • Veka
Plc • Wardle Storeys • Wavin Plastics Ltd
PVC producers supporting VinylPlus
INEOS ChlorVinyls (Belgium, France, Germany, UK, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden) • Shin-Etsu PVC (Netherlands,
Portugal) • SolVin (Belgium, France, Germany, Spain) • Vestolit GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) • Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG
(Germany, UK)
Stabilisers producers supporting VinylPlus
Akcros Chemicals • Akdeniz Kimya A.S. • Asua Products SA • Baerlocher GmbH • Chemson Polymer-Additive AG •
Floridienne Chimie • Galata Chemicals • IKA GmbH & Co. KG • Lamberti Spa • PMC Group • Reagens Spa
Plasticisers producers supporting VinylPlus
BASF SE • Evonik Industries AG • ExxonMobil Chemical Europe Inc. • Perstorp Oxo AB
Avenue E Van Nieuwenhuyse 4/3, B-1160 Brussels, Belgium
Tel. +32 (0)2 676 74 45
www.vinylplus.eu
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