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0405Polyflor has for many decades been recognised as a leading global manufacturer of high quality, high performance floorcoverings. As pioneers of commercial vinyl flooring, we have recently been awarded a third Queen's Award for Enterprise, for International Trade 2011.Since the last report Polyflor has made particular progress in a number of key areas, including:RecyclingThe Recofloor waste vinyl flooring take-back scheme really started to build up momentum in 2011, increasing the amount of post consumer vinyl being recycled.Transportation In 2011 Polyflor moved to a fleet of LGVs with Euro 5 compliant engines for lower emissions.Installation & NPDSimpLay, a new loose-lay product was launched for easy, adhesive free installation, further minimising Polyflor's environmental impact and VOC emissions.Air quality Many of our flooring ranges were certificated through the Indoor Air Comfort Gold scheme, with the VOC emissions' results being exceptionally low. This was great news as this is the most comprehensive and stringent test on the market - even including an odour test where our products performed exceptionally well.Sustainable Progress16-21 In Use Fit for Purpose Maintenance Infection Control Air Quality Safety22-25 End of Life Product Stewardship International Stewardship Recofloor26-31 Environmental Assessment BRE Global & BREEAM BRE Global Certification BRE Global Generic Ratings LEED Ecospecifier & BASTA32-34 Corporate Social 35 Polyflor Credentials ResponsibilityEnvironmentally Preferable Flooring 2012 Introduction

0607It is important not to make decisions on a product's environmental performance, based solely on emotional rationale, but to view with an open mind and scientific approach. A life cycle analysis for instance, represents a holistic approach which cannot be dismissed. Through modern manufacturing vinyl has a low environmental impact and is exceptionally beneficial within a multitude of uses, where no other material could perform as well or cost effectively.A Greener OptionVinyl is an environmentally sound choice. Over its whole life cycle, vinyl floorcovering performs comparably or better than competing materials across a range of impacts. Vinyl flooring is exceptionally energy efficient to manufacture, using less energy than other plastics and linoleum. Due to its incredible durability it has a long service life, greatly reducing short-term replacements and subsequent energy consumption. Polyflor products' ease of maintenance also means that energy intensive cleaning is not required and harsh chemical cleansers, polish, strippers and water usage are massively reduced, if needed at all.As a material it is ideally suited to being recycled. It is 100% recyclable and can be recycled many times over without losing any of its performance properties. If it is not recycled, vinyl has a high calorific value and may be safely incinerated with energy recovery. Landfill is the last option, but this is done safely and so the vinyl remains chemically inert without producing leachate. A Safer OptionVinyl is the most thoroughly researched, tested plastic, meeting all international health and safety standards as per the intended application. In the event of a fire, vinyl is flame retardant due to the chlorine content and once removed from the fire it will self extinguish. In the event of a fire, vinyl flooring typically outperforms linoleum and rubber flooring.Vinyl is a cost effective multi faceted plastic - a necessity in everyday life due to its flexibility, durability and performance and functionality. Used in flooring, cables, windows, packaging and medical equipment including blood bags and surgical tubing, this material is irreplaceable for many of its lifesaving applications."There is absolutely no evidence that vinyl damages human health or the environment. PVC is durable, low maintenance, recyclable and performs well in LCA tests."Dr. Patrick Moore, founding member of Greenpeace (2006)About Vinyl1. Safe in use.2. More variation in uses than any other plastic. 3. Best use of natural resources.4. Low energy consumption.5. Low carbon emissions.6. Best cost : performance ratio.7. Excellent energy efficient ratings.8. Excellent BRE ratings.9. Can be recycled into more construction products than any other polymer.10. Comes with a 10 year proven European-wide voluntary agreement.Key Sustainability Credentials of PVC for use within the construction industry