What is PVC or Vinyl?
PVC is polyvinyl chloride (also known as vinyl), a thermoplastic that is made up of 57% chlorine and 43% carbon and it is the most toxic plastic material. PVC is dangerous to human health and the environment throughout its entire life cycle, at the factory, in our homes, and in the trash.
Can you recycle PVC?
In theory, yes you can recycle PVC. However, most recycling plants do not accept PVC due to the fact that the chemicals it contains can and often do contaminate otherwise reusable plastics. PVC cannot be incinerated. Burning PVC releases far too many harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. So, if you cannot incinerate it or recycle it, your last option is taking it to a landfill. But once PVC begins to decompose in a landfill, the harmful chemicals that it is composed of (lead, mercury, chlorine, etc.) still leak into their surroundings.
What does “ PVC-Free” mean?
PVC emits toxic VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) into the air we breathe in. Therefore PVC-Free wallpaper is safer than vinyl wallpaper for the manufacturer, installer, client and the environment as it does not emit noxious chemical scents.
Solvent free inks
Absoluta Collection employs the most advanced printing technology providing a very high chromatic definition that ensures vivid colors and the perfection of the design. The water-based inks used, without solvents, are odorless and free of toxic substances. They do not contain: VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), HAPs (Hazardous Air Pollutant) or VCL chemical compounds.
What are the benefits of using Absoluta Collection wallpaper?
Absoluta Collection wallpaper is ideal even in the most sensitive spaces such as hospitals, schools, hotels and indoor facilities. The monitoring of the entire supply chain guarantees compliance with the strictest environmental parameters at every stage, such as: GREENGUARD Gold Certification (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification)
The Greenguard Gold Certification ensures the interior products are low in chemical emissions, decreasing indoor pollution levels. This program sets the most stringent guidelines for total VOC emissions. Greenguard Gold Certified products emit minimal gases. GREENGUARD Certification Standards are among the most rigorous in the world.
The AgBB scheme is probably the most important European test scheme for VOC emissions from construction products and defines with its requirements the suitability of the tested products for indoor use (hazard prevention). Products that meet the AgBB requirements are also recognized for use in international LEED building projects.
French VOC regulations are based on European Construction Products Directive (CPD), requiring that no construction products shall impair human health.
Using a PVC-Free wallpaper is better for the health of all who come in contact with the product as well as the welfare of the environment . Due to the fact that PVC-free wallpaper does not contain the same harmful chemicals that vinyl wallpaper contains, it is much easier to dispose of.
Absoluta Collection PVC Free wallpaper is also flame retardant, mold and mildew resistant.