About PVC

First produced commercially in the late 1920s, polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, has become one of the most widely used polymers in the world. Due to its versatility, PVC is used across a broad range of industrial, technical and everyday applications from window profiles and pipes to credit cards and blood bags.

PVC has always been regarded as a resource-efficient material. Made from salt (57%) and oil (43%), it’s far less oil dependent than other major thermoplastics. It’s also highly durable and energy-efficient across a range of applications which makes for an effective use of raw materials and avoids unnecessary depletion of natural resources.

Viewed across its life cycle, PVC is highly competitive in terms of its environmental impact. Several recent eco-efficiency and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies on the most common applications show that, in terms of energy requirements and GWP (Global Warming Potential), PVC is at least equal to alternative products. In many cases, it shows advantages both in terms of total energy consumption and lower CO2 emissions.

A unique advantage of PVC compared to other materials is the possibility of changing the formulation, to improve the safety and eco-efficiency of the final product, while maintaining the same level of technical performance.

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