Environmentally Preferable Flooring 2012 Production1213Polyflor has been recycling vinyl since the 1950s, when we pioneered the manufacture of homogeneous flooring. It has always been considered a perfectly natural part of the manufacturing process.RecyclingThere can be few materials better suited to recycling than vinyl flooring. Vinyl is 100% recyclable and can in fact be recycled many times over without losing any of its performance properties, furthermore recycled vinyl requires 85% less energy to manufacture than virgin PVC.Post Production WastePost production waste vinyl is generated on site from scrap material produced during and after production, this comprises vinyl chippings, clean trims and off-cuts as well as recovered dust. We also recycle glass which is post consumer waste, combined with the aggregates, into many of our Polysafe products.In the FutureWith recycling being at the heart of Polyflor's operations, we will continue to invest significantly in the development of a much greater recycling capacity and capability, and fully utilise all options available in the recycling of post consumer waste back into new product.The figure of 25% average recycled material is made up of both production waste and post consumer waste. We believe that quoting an average percentage is far more helpful to our customers than using the highest figure we achieved on one particular range or production run.
1415The efficient distribution of our products is imperative to our customers. It is important that we achieve this whilst acting responsibly within the supply chain and minimising our carbon footprint.Transport & LogisticsInstallation DistributionAs a UK manufacturer, Polyflor distributes product from its central distribution centre in the North West of England through a network of wholesalers throughout the UK and around the world, a model that ensures efficiency through the transportation of full, bulk loads. TransportationPolyflor operates its own transport fleet in the UK which is maintained and updated as often as possible to endeavour the latest and most fuel efficient vehicles are used. In 2011 thirteen LGVs in the fleet were renewed and are now much more aerodynamic and feature Euro 5 compliant engines for lower emissions.PackagingPolyflor flooring is packed in the most effective manner to provide necessary protection, whilst minimising waste. Recycling of various elements of our packaging waste is organised on site, with recycled packaging used where possible, reducing plastic roll wrap in favour of using more paper packaging. Eventually plastic roll wrap will be reduced to zero, saving 96 tonnes of waste material.A benefit of vinyl flooring being much lighter than other flooring materials produces a positive outcome in transit, reducing fuel consumption.