Environmentally Friendly

Green virtues of vinyl

For example, a 1999 study, Environmental and Economic Impact Analysis—Flooring Materials, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) attempted to establish a yardstick for measuring various manufacturers’ Green product claims.
In preparing their study, the department eventually selected six criteria to measure a product’s overall eco-friendliness.

  1. Solid waste (i.e. impact upon the waste stream).
  2. IAQ {i.e. impact upon the indoor environment).
  3. Nutrifaction/eutrophication (i.e. impact upon the facilitation of unhealthful organisms).
  4. Acidification (i.e. impact upon acid rain generation).
  5. Global warming (i.e. impact upon the planet’s average ambient temperature).
  6. Resource depletion (i.e. impact upon consumption of natural resources; including fossil fuels).

DoC compared typical daily use and disposal, along with the products’ manufacturing, transportation, and installation processes—in short, a life-cycle analysis (LCA).

For the solid waste criteria, vinyl surfacing was deemed better for the environment overall than linoleum because it lasted longer once installed (especially higher-grade and sheet vinyl surfaces), resulting in less waste over time.16 (For example, 70 percent of all vinyl goes into products in use for a decade or longer.)

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