Every year, VinylPlus finances a number communication projects run by sector-specific and national PVC associations. Their main goal is to increase sustainability awareness as agreed on the Voluntary Commitment while at the same time the image of PVC as a material of choice can be improved. Externally, these projects respond to a number of social expectations by promoting a transparent dialogue with all stakeholders which, in turn, can help VinylPlus addressing key concerns. Internally, they contribute to creating a sustainable mindset and shared goals across the PVC value-chain.
Plastics and the Precautionary Principle
PlasticsEurope Austria - AUSTRIA
Symposium co-organised with the Austrian Environmental Protection Agency (Umweltbundesamt) in Vienna on 14-15 November 2013 to zoom in on the views and roles of Member States with regards to the precautionary principle.
Contact: Heinz Schratt, firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd life for 45 year-old PVC windows
Federplast & European PVC Window Profile (EPPA) – BELGIUM
The entire process of recycling end-of-life PVC-U windows in a closed loop was demonstrated to press and special guests in an event jointly organised in July 2013.
Contact: Gerald Feigenbutz, email@example.com
Media field visit to the PVC value-chain
European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates (ECPI) – BELGIUM
A total of 11 journalists visited PVC production, recycling and converting companies between 30 September and 1 October 2013. The main goal was to improve the media’s understanding of the PVC value chain, with a special emphasis on flexible applications.
Key learnings: Trade media are genuinely interested in learning how products are manufactured and spending time with industry experts. General media are more interested in complementing their coverage of current affairs. Journalists come with their own agendas.
Contact: Michela Mastrantonio, firstname.lastname@example.org
VinylPlus at Pollutec
Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) – FRANCE
A number of PVC recyclers who are members of PRE, exhibited jointly at Pollutec13 which took place from 3 to 6 December in Paris and attracted around 30,000 people. This is an annual trade fair aimed at the environment and energy industries.
Contact: Emilia Tarlowska, email@example.com
PVC recyclers meet PVC converters
AGPU Arbeitsgemeinschaft PVC und UMWELT – GERMANY
3 workshops with recyclers and converters held in Schwerte, Hanover and Munich with around 25 participants per event. They discussed their needs and demands for recycled PVC materials and products.
Key learnings: The events were appreciated by the participants as a balanced mix of personal dialogue, presentation and “business speed networking” supporting the increase of recycling. Many indicated they would like a new edition in 2014.
Contact: Thomas Hülsmann, firstname.lastname@example.org
PVC Forum Italia – ITALY
A series of workshops on sustainable development organised in 7 different cities, involving architects in an active and participative dialogue to position PVC as a material of choice for nearly zero-energy buildings.
Contact: Carlo Ciotti email@example.com
Reaching out to retailers
PVC Forum Italia & ECPI – ITALY
A joint project aimed at making retailers aware of the possibilities of PVC as a sustainable solution for their customers. Representatives from the following companies and associations were met: Leroy Merlin, Camera Nazionale della moda italiana and ANACI (property management).
Contact: Stéphane Content, firstname.lastname@example.org
Raising awareness of PVC as a sustainable material of choice
British Plastics federation (BPF) – UNITED KINGDOM
A video animation on saving energy was released and a brochure focusing on sustainability was published in 2013. There was also an industry seminar and a briefing event for UK government officials.
Key learnings: Videos and small format publications tend to be well received because they are simple and to the point. Direct meetings with individual departments have proved fruitful although it is not always possible to repeat group briefings every year.
Contact: Sarah Plant, email@example.com
Plastics and the Precautionary PrincipleThis event contributed to strengthening the plastics industry's credibility and its network of contacts with ... Read more
2nd life for 45 year-old PVC windowsThis type of real-life collection and recycling projects helps improving the industry’s credibility by showcasing ... Read more
Media field visit to the PVC value-chainThe main goal was to improve the media’s understanding of the PVC value chain, with ... Read more
VinylPlus at PollutecA number of PVC recyclers who are members of PRE, exhibited jointly at Pollutec13 which ... Read more
PVC recyclers meet PVC converters3 workshops with recyclers and converters held in Schwerte, Hanover and Munich with around 25 ... Read more
L’architetto 20-20-20A series of workshops on sustainable development organised in 7 different cities, involving architects in an ... Read more
Reaching out to retailersA joint project aimed at making retailers aware of the possibilities of PVC as a ... Read more
Raising awareness of PVC as a sustainable material of choiceA video animation on saving energy was released and a brochure focusing on sustainability was published in ... Read more