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Polyflor showcases green credentials in new Sustainability Report

Polyflor has recently published its 12th annual Sustainability Report which outlines the UK manufacturer’s environmental performance over the past year.

The 88-page report gives a detailed account of the sustainability milestones that Polyflor reached in 2016, delves into the company’s green credentials and explains how Polyflor is fully committed to producing environmentally preferable flooring, ensuring sustainability at every step of a product’s life cycle. The report also comments on Polyflor’s recent involvement in the local community and charity work.

Key achievements for 2016 include HGVs within the fleet being replaced with modern Euro VI engines resulting in much lower emissions and an increase in backhaul operations, removing in excess of 465 HGV journeys from the road network. Improvements to resource management have been made through initiatives such as more daylight ports being installed to maximise natural lighting and existing lighting being replaced with sensor operated LED lights, helping reduce our carbon footprint. Furthermore, water usage fell by 1.4% and total waste tonnage fell by 8%.

As a co-founding and funding member of the Recofloor vinyl take-back scheme, Polyflor reports a record 508 tonnes of post-consumer waste vinyl flooring being collected in the past year, with 69 new collectors recruited. Recofloor also won the Let’s Recycle Award for Excellence in Recycling and Waste Management. Using the Recofloor model, Polyflor South Africa also launched the first official recycling scheme for vinyl flooring in their country.

Proving that materials for vinyl flooring collections are sourced responsibly, Polyflor is the first flooring manufacturer to obtain the BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing standard with a Very Good rating. Polyflor’s products also contain up to 85% sustainable material and up to 40% recycled material.

Polyflor’s Manufacturing Director Steve Mulholland commented, “We recognise that as a UK manufacturer we have a responsibility to minimise our environmental impact and make sustainability a priority in our operations on a local and global level. With hard work and commitment, we will continue to make improvements to our manufacturing plants, processes and logistics wherever possible to continuously strengthen our sustainability performance. We have already made some great progress but we are ambitious with our environmental goals and are determined to carry on leading the way with our sustainability agenda in the vinyl flooring market. “

For more information about Polyflor’s sustainability agenda and to download a digital copy of the new Sustainability Report visit www.polyflor.com/sustainability.