Made of plentiful natural resources
The leading component in the production of vinyl is common salt, an abundant and inert natural resource. More than half of vinyl resin is derived from salt, and natural gas or petroleum makes up the balance. Worldwide, vinyl production accounts for less than 0.3 percent of all annual oil and gas consumption and about 10 percent of annual salt consumption.
Environmental benefits across product life cycle
70% of vinyl is consumer in construction products, which lasts for decades, if not centuries.
A study by life cycle assessment experts Greg Norris and Peter Yost2 shows the use phase is the most important in terms of a materials life cycle impact, and counterbalances over time the environmental impact stemming from a products manufacture. The material vinyl, because of energy efficiency, thermal-insulating value, low contribution to greenhouse gases, easy maintenance and superior durability of products made from it, provides excellent life cycle benefits. A study conducted by Franklin Associates found that using vinyl over some other framing options saves the United States nearly 2 trillion BTUs of energy per year enough to meet the yearly electrical needs of 20,000 single-family homes.
Vinyl recycling is achieved mechanically, with low energy consumption and no invasive chemicals - low carbon footprint impact.
Over 1 billion pounds of post-industrial vinyl is recycled in North America each year.
100% of manufacturing scrap is recyclable.
Post-industrial and post-consumer vinyl is used to produce products like
- garden hose
- insulation for cars to name a few