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PVC energy demand 'halved' by recycling

Italy-based VinyLoop has said that using its recycled PVC can cut primary energy demand by nearly half.

In a discussion White Paper it said that use of recycled material recycling could dramatically shrink PVC’s environmental footprint and boost sustainability.

Recycled PVC cut energy demand by 46% compared with producing a virgin PVC compound, and would also reduce global warming potential by 39% and water consumption by 72%, the company said.

Marketing and development manager Christian Thamm said recycled materials were also beneficial to manufacturers’ marketing as, “the final customer already knows it’s a cool thing to do”.

VinyLoop uses a life-cycle approach, considering the environmental impact from all stages of a product’s lifetime to arrive at its data for the savings on energy and global arming.

The company described its White Paper as “part of a call to action, in the framework of the industry’s VinylPlus campaign, to recycle 800.000 tons of PVC per year in 2020”.

VinyLoop is a partnership between SolVin (a joint venture 75% owned by Solvay and 25% BASF), and French composite membranes manufacturer Serge Ferrari.

Its plant in Ferrara, Italy, treats 10,000 tonnes a year of PVC scraps.

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