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A new video from the European-based organisation, PVCMed Alliance is designed to educate and promote informed decisions about the use of vinyl in healthcare delivery. The video highlights how using vinyl in hospitals meets the extremely specific requirements around patient and staff health and safety. Hospital floors can be a daunting design challenge as they are exposed to heavy traffic 24 hours...
Recent local media have reported that shark nets may offer a false sense of security with many nets tattered and twisted and others having huge holes easily big enough for a shark to pass through. A downside of shark nets is that they may result in the death of many other sea animals, such as dolphins and sea turtles. To address this, in South Africa, an alternative to shark nets is being trialle...
The tools needed to produce Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) were available some 15 years ago. So why has it taken so long for Australia to get involved?An EPD is a verified document that reports environmental information on a specific product or service, in accordance with the international standard ISO 14025 (Type III Environmental Declarations). The reported information is based on the...
Despite uncertainty over Australia’s energy and carbon policy directions, individual businesses continue to take steps to improve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of their products. In 2014, the number of companies in the Australian vinyl industry reporting actions to improve energy efficiencies on site, monitoring carbon emission or setting targets to reduce energy consumption ju...
A pilot recycling scheme started last year at Dunedin Hospital has gone so well that it’s been rolled out across a further five wards, bringing the total number of wards at the hospital offering PVC recycling to nine. The scheme, originally piloted in the Emergency Department, Main Operating Theatre, Post Anaesthetic Care Unit, and Dialysis, has now been rolled out to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU...
The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) in the US has officially published the first North American industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for water and sewer piping. The EPD was developed in compliance with international environmental management guidelines (ISO 14025) and has been verified by NSF Sustainability, a division of global public health organization NSF International. ...
The 2015 Vinyl Sustainability Forum took place in Cannes, France, April 2015 under the theme, ‘More Vinyl, Less Carbon.’ The Forum convened with over 100 stakeholders from academia, government bodies, the UN, the European Commission, retailers and all sectors of the vinyl industry, including the Global Vinyl Council. Discussions focused largely on how the industry is helping combat climate ch...
Excerpt from original article written by Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan as published on Sourceable The Australian building industry is one of the most regulated and controlled building sectors in the world, and with good reason.The health and safety of our buildings and people within are paramount. Nevertheless, last year’s Melbourne Docklands Building fire and the Infinity cable r...
Excerpt and image from article written by Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan and published on industry news website Sourceable We tend to think of energy efficient buildings as being ‘air tight,’ but this is not actually the desired outcome.There are many factors that affect levels of indoor comfort, including air quality. Air quality can be affected by external air pollutants entering...
Many drivers on the Warrego Highway in Southern Queensland have been surprised by the appearance of a spectacular 30-metre high PVC coated sphere that can be seen from kilometres away. The unusual addition to the landscape is part of a new methane gas collection project launched at Nippon Meat Packers’ Oakey abattoir in Queensland’s Darling Downs. The project is designed to slash the plant’s annu...

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