PVCu is the world’s most researched polymer, with numerous life cycle studies conducted in the UK and the EU indicating the material is as sustainable as any other option. The major ingredient of PVCu is common salt – an abundant natural resource.
We believe that polymer products have a valuable part to play in sustainable development. Most polymer building products have a long life expectancy and are readily recycled at the end of their life into new products.
The European PVC industry is working towards two key aims:
- Improving quality of life and adding value to society through PVCu products and innovations that assist with sustainable economic growth.
- Introducing new practices that protect the integrity and diversity of the environment based on the principles of sustainable development.1
One of the world’s oldest plastics, it has evolved since the 1940s to become a universally used, cost effective, adaptable, safe and environmentally efficient material. Effectively, salt and oil derivatives are combined to produce a plastic material, which is specified for a broad range of applications across various market sectors.2
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a versatile and safe material for the modern world. Its unique properties make PVCu the material of choice in many applications, including construction, transportation, electronics and health.3
1Voluntary commitments Sustainable Development from the PVC industry | 2Windows – A Transparent Case for PVC (BPF) | 3Fact Sheet – Euro Chlor