PVC goes BIO

Published on: 2016-01-18

Description: Communicate & show that sustainable utilisation of different biomasses & wastes requires a wide variety of PVC products


Project Description & Objectives

  • To communicate and show the fact that sustainable utilization of different biomasses and wastes requires a wide variety of PVC products, pipes, floorings etc. 
  • The aim is to enhance the open dialogue that is in line with VinylPlus vision
    • This objective is consistent with VinylPlus strategy of entire part of Environmental Performance.

Milestones / Deliverables

  • PVC goes BIO –seminar was held on 12th of March 2016, Scandic Hotel in Järvenpää, Finland, To increase the awareness of the importance of PVC products in bioeconomy
  • Topics were:
    • What is bioeconomy, Maija Pohjakallio, The Chemical Industry Federation of Finland
    • Material efficiency and sustainability, Tommi Lehtisalo, Motiva
    • PVC as a key material in bioeconomics and circular economy:
      • Case 1 How PVC pipes are needed in agriculture and pulp processing, Marko Heikkinen, Pipelife Finland Oy
      • Case 2 PVC profiles in energy saving applications, windows, doors, and greenhouse applications, Anna Hokkanen, Oy Primo Finland Ab
      • Case 3 PVC profiles are durable and non-toxic in fences, terraces, and railing systems, Sakari Mustonen, Finera Aitateollisuus Oy
    • Green plasticizers, Rasmus Pinomaa, Perstorp
    • PVC – From ugly duckling to swan: How to proceed from now on? (General discussion)
  • 19 participants
  • Article from the seminar in MuoviPlast journal no 3/2016 (released 10.6.2016)
    • “PVC goes BIO Järvenpäässä”, pp 32
    • The only professional plastic journal in Finnish


Next steps / actions

  • Vinyl Group workshop for bio-brainstorming on 20th of September 2016 in Helsinki during the Foodtech, Pactec, Plastec SignTech expo.
  • To clarify the value chain of PVC products in the circular economy as well as the recycling of PVC products
  • The workshop will be organized together with plastic recyclers in order to enhance the dialogue between PVC users and recyclers and to find realistic solutions.


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