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NSF Verifies First Industry-Wide EPD for Water, Sewer Piping

The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) has published the first North American industry-wide environmental product declaration (EPD) for water and sewer piping, and it has been verified by NSF Sustainability. The EPD was developed in compliance with international environmental management guidelines (ISO 14025) and benchmarks the impacts of seven PVC … Read more »

Timberland Increases Recycled Material Use

In 2014, 79 percent of Timberland footwear incorporated renewable, organic or recycled (ROR) materials, up from 70 percent in 2013. The brand’s leading recycled material, found in over 14 million pairs, is recycled polyester (PET) found in plastic bottles. In 2014, over 1.25 million pounds of recycled PET was incorporated … Read more »

Hazardous Chemicals Found in Halloween Supplies

Target, Walmart, Kroger, CVS, Party City and Walgreens are among the retailers whose Halloween costumes and party supplies contain hazardous chemicals, according to a study by the Ecology Center’s HealthyStuff.org project. The project tested 106 Halloween related products, including costumes, accessories, decorations and party favors, and found chemicals that are … Read more »

Plastic Recyclers Offer Shrink Sleeve Label Solutions

In its ongoing effort to address the issues associated with shrink sleeve labels on PET bottles, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers has released a report offering up a number of solutions to mitigate the contamination of the recycled PET stream with shrink wrap material. The report is the result … Read more »

Greenpeace: Tech Giants Still Using Hazardous Chemicals

Greenpeace: Tech Giants Still Using Hazardous Chemicals

Samsung, Sony and Panasonic are among the technology companies still using hazardous chemicals such as polyvinylchloride and brominated flame retardants in their products, according to a report by Greenpeace. While there has been some progress in recent years, the report shows that a number of leading consumer electronics companies are … Read more »

Flexible PVC Compounds Cut VOC Emissions

Teknor Apex says its flexible PVC compounds for indoor construction products exhibit up to 90 percent lower emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than a comparable standard PVC while also enabling manufacturers to address other regulatory issues. The new compounds are based on: additive formulations designed for low VOC emissions; … Read more »

TrueImpact film

Avery Dennison Films Offer Sustainable Alternative to PVC Print Film

Avery Dennison has introduced a range of digital- and screen-printing films with a lower environmental impact. Compared with existing PVC films, TrueImpact films lower greenhouse gas emissions 12 percent, produce 13 percent less solid waste and use 9 percent less energy, giving converters a more sustainable choice for indoor mid-term … Read more »