Everything vulnerable deserves a watchdog, and so does our world, especially when tensions occur between socio-economic interests and a safe environment. The PVC pipes industry is very well aware of its responsibility in this matter.
Over the last few decades the production methods of PVC pipes have been constantly improved. The result: the PVC pipes industry is one of the leading industries when it comes to minimizing the environmental footprint, the use of safe materials and recyclability.
For more detailed information on environmental matters go to the Sustainability section.
The advantages for an Environmental Organisation:
• PVC is produced from natural components (salt and oil or gas) and is recognized as a safe material.
• The production footprint is below the international benchmarks and still decreasing.
• PVC piping systems are non-toxic and very well suited for drinking water supplies.
• Production emissions are not only strictly controlled by legislation but are also significantly below the required legal minimum.
• PVC piping systems do not contain plasticisers.
• PVC piping systems do not release chlorine gas.
• PVC piping systems are absolutely non injurious to the health of man, animal or nature.
• PVC piping systems are self-extinguishing and will not burn unless forced to do so by a fire source.
• Smoke from PVC piping systems in a burning environment is not generally more toxic than other materials such as wood, furniture or textiles which might be involved in a building fire.
• PVC piping systems are cradle-to-grave or even cradle-to-cradle (off-cuts can be recycled).
• Underground applications: a life span of at least a century. Once installed in a vulnerable environment, this area can be left for a very long period as the PVC pipe will have no significant effect on it.
• Inside building structures: a life span of at least 50 years – the normal design life of a building.
• Excellent resistance against many chemicals, effluents, acids, oils, fats and alcohols.
• Very suitable in renovation projects where fire safety is an issue.
• Resistant to earth movement and high pressure peaks. Even earthquake resistant.
• Decrease of transportation activities: up to 50% less journeys compared to concrete or earthenware alternatives.