The efficient distribution of our products is imperative to our customers. It is important that we achieve this whilst acting responsibly within the supply chain and minimising our carbon footprint.
As a UK manufacturer, Polyflor distributes product from its central distribution centre in the North West of England through a network of wholesalers throughout the UK and around the world, a model that ensures efficiency through the transportation of full, bulk loads.
Polyflor operates its own transport fleet in the UK which is maintained and updated as often as possible to endeavour the latest and most fuel efficient vehicles are used. In 2011 thirteen LGVs in the fleet were renewed and are now much more aerodynamic and feature Euro 5 compliant engines for lower emissions.
A benefit of vinyl flooring being much lighter than other flooring materials produces a positive outcome in transit, reducing fuel consumption.
Polyflor flooring is packed in the most effective manner to provide necessary protection, whilst minimising waste. Recycling of various elements of our packaging waste is organised on site, with recycled packaging used where possible, reducing plastic roll wrap in favour of using more paper packaging. Eventually plastic roll wrap will be reduced to zero, saving 96 tonnes of waste material.
In collaboration with industry partners, Polyflor is working on developments in new products and technologies. We are continually evaluating new ideas or alternatives which minimise environmental impact.
In the area of installation for example, we are currently working to ensure the compatibility of our products with newer, solvent free and low VOC adhesives to minimise any environmentally negative elements whilst maintaining key performance criteria. Significant trials are also underway to assess easy release adhesion or adhesive free systems with our products for easier end of life waste recovery.
2011 saw the launch of Polyflor's SimpLay, a range of loose lay luxury vinyl floor tiles, eliminating the use of adhesives for a reduced environmental impact. This is also extremely beneficial to the Recofloor scheme, as it facilitates easier uplift at end of life without contamination, therefore cleaner and simpler to recycle.
For a number of years our R&D commitment to environmental matters has been significant and increasing year on year. In terms of affiliations we have been working with Manchester University’s Chemical Engineering team on carbon footprint models to understand how we can minimise the environmental impact of our processes. We are also further investigating materials used in our products for the most environmentally sound and safe vinyl flooring we can offer.