Additive Sustainability Footprint
What is the Additive Sustainability Footprint tool?
Through a ten-step approach, the Additive Sustainability Footprint (ASF) tool allows its users to assess and promote the sustainable production and use of PVC additives across entire product life cycles, including the role of additives in the performance of PVC products. The ASF tool is an industry-wide methodology based on the Sustainability Life Cycle Assessment approach developed by The Natural Step.
VinylPlus®, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, proactively developed the ASF tool to ensure:
More than 200 different additives are used to convert PVC into thousands of applications. These additives provide a wide range of benefits to PVC products and allow these products to efficiently meet fundamental human needs, for example through improved longevity and lifetime service, reduced maintenance and replacement costs, and enhanced functionality and recyclability.
Why is ASF necessary?
Many tools are used by industry to assess chemical and product sustainability. Each has a different purpose and scope and does not necessarily provide insights or address considerations related to PVC additives.
The ASF tool allows its users to look beyond current legal expectations towards future demands, risks and opportunities driven by sustainability considerations.
Benefits of ASF
How does ASF work?
Online toolbox modules have been developed in order to better understand ASF, assess the sustainable production and use of additives, and innovate to achieve a higher sustainability performance.
- The Natural Step and Principles of Sustainability
- Towards the Sustainable Production and Use of Additives
- Additive Sustainability Footprint - An Introduction
- ASF Foundations - Framework and Methodology
Want to run an assessment for your own additives in your own product?
Any VinylPlus partner is invited to assess the sustainable use of additives within its own specific products. Please contact VinylPlus if your company would like to run a specific assessment.
More information on ASF can be found in Mark Everard's and Richard Blume's article
LCA: Life Cycle Analysis
PEF: Product Environmental Footprint