Since the time it has evolved, PVC has been widely regarded as a feasible and sustainable solution. In terms of environmental-friendliness, it has a low carbon footprint of 1.9kg’s and recycled PVC has even lower at an incredible 0.3kg. PVC is the low maintenance, longer life, value for money option for various applications.
Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) is the third most largely used plastic, preceded by polyethylene and polypropylene. Due to its extreme versatile nature, it is found to be a wonderful solution for a range of products and applications across different markets and industrial sectors.
As far as its impact on environment is concerned, there has been controversy in regard to this. In fact, this controversy in Europe led to a dramatic drop in the PVC usage in the 70’s. Since then, a comprehensive research has been done to assess the actual impact of the PVC on the environment.
Energy consumed in manufacturing is of high importance as it closely related to carbon dioxide emissions (greenhouse gas). A published study (Chem Systems) compared carbon dioxide emissions per km of PVC and Steel water pipe and determined that the manufacturing of Steel pipe resulted into almost four times the carbon dioxide emissions as PVC pipe. When compared to HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) material, PVC manufacturing results in 27% less carbon emissions than HDPE.
PVC is manufactured by combining ethylene (derived from either natural gas or petroleum) and vinyl polymer – based on chlorine from sodium chloride or table salt. As a result only 43% of PVC emerges from a non-renewable resource in the form of fossil fuels – whereas 100% of HDPE comes from non-renewable fossil fuels. Therefore, PVC is obviously a perfect choice from the concern of resource conservation than the other thermoplastic pipe of choice.
It is PVC’s technical versatility, performance and cost effectiveness which make it a material of choice for more than 60 years. It is a durable material and a perfect solution for long-term applications such as pipes and fittings, cable insulation, floor coverings, window profiles, cladding and roof membranes. Due to low wastage in production, it tends to be a cost-effective solution. In addition, it makes a great contributor to the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of construction material, as well as helps in bringing down the environmental impact of finished projects.
PVC is known to be a socially valuable resource and meets all international standards for safety and health for both the products & applications for which it is used.