According to a report published in the German newspaper „Reutlinger General-Anzeiger“ on 5th September 2015, VAUDE wants to avoid using PVC as part of its efforts to become „Europe’s most sustainable outdoor brand“ by 2017. The company states that PVC is currently above all used in the production of tarpaulin for bags and tents. The report claims that the production of waterproof environmentally friendly alternatives is twice as expensive as that of the established products containing PVC.

VAUDE’s announcement that it wants to avoid using certain materials in its products in the future is nothing new. This is, however, the first time that the company has specified a concrete date. Whether the PVC-free alternatives will also boast the same outstanding material properties that are highly valued by customers remains to be seen. The Swiss fashionable bag manufacturer FREITAG is incidentally continuing to rely on using recycled lorry tarpaulin made of PVC in line with their existing sustainability strategy. We, of course, are well aware that using PVC and following a sustainability strategy are not incompatible. The bag manufacturer Ortlieb is also aware of this fact and recently informed the German magazine „Ökotest“ that it plans to continue using PVC.

Over the past few months, three evening events under the motto of „Visiting Friends“ have been held in the offices of well-known architects as part of the current Soft PVC Communication Campaign run by AGPU Media. Each event was attended by 25 to 30 experts from the fields of architecture and urban planning. The three events held in Vienna, Austria, and the German cities of Mainz and Essen focused on the sustainable and creative use of soft PVC products and the direct and personal exchange of ideas and experiences between architects, decision-makers at local authorities and in towns and cities and PVC processors, the sponsors of the Soft PVC Communication Campaign.

The series of events was hosted for the first time last year in order to continue the dialogue on the wide variety of properties of soft PVC and its potential applications that was commenced at two architects‘ workshops. The soft PVC communication campaign is financed and supported by BASF, Emery Oleochemicals, ExxonMobil Chemical, Evonik Industries, Hornschuch, Mehler Texnologies, Perstorp, Project Floors, Renolit, Vestolit and Vinnolit.

Would you like to receive more information on this communication campaign? If so, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cities are where an increasing majority of the world’s population will be living and working in the future and where the challenge to provide essential services – such as accommodation, water, food and healthcare – will be the greatest. The fourth edition of the Vinyl Sustainability Forum will address some of these challenges in Vienna, Austria, on 28th April 2016. The 2016 Forum will provide an unique opportunity for VinylPlus’ members and their stakeholders to identify and explore the potentially growing opportunities worldwide for PVC to contribute to delivering essential human needs in a safe, responsible and cost-effective way. Discussion topics of the 2016 forum will cover innovative applications with recycled material, research & development, imaginative designs with PVC, the ingenious use of PVC products, creative solutions through partnering within the value chain or with other stakeholders and stories from customers, specifiers, retailers or public administrations.

VinylPlus is currently calling for papers and presentations on the discussion topics.

The Vinyl Sustainability Forum is an annual event organised by VinylPlus, the voluntary sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry. It aims at creating a long-term sustainability framework for the entire PVC value chain. The regional scope of the current 10-year programme is the EU-28 plus Norway and Switzerland. The Forum engages in an open and constructive dialogue on sustainability with a wide range of industry and external stakeholders. It brings together representatives of the entire PVC industry value chain as well as policy makers, consumer groups, retailers, architects and NGOs.

After the successful first regional meeting in the „PVC Recyclers Meet PVC Processors“ series of events in Troisdorf (Germany) at the end of June, the next event in the series held by AGPU and VinylPlus took place on 22nd September at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) in Stuttgart. Around 15 experts joint the event and made the most of the opportunity to present their products, services or requirements and to expand their network.

The third and final regional meeting this year will take place at VEKA UT in Thuringia on 12th November.

Within a joint communication project of VinylPlus und AGPU, AGPU is currently producing a series of articles on the topic of PVC and green public procurement. The actual topic is sports facilities and leisure, that will be published in the specialist procurement magazine „Kommunaler Beschaffungs-Dienst“ (KBD) and complement the main focus of the issue.

Further articles will be published in KBD and other relevant specialist media up to the beginning of next year. These will always focus on the topic of green public procurement combined with a PVC product , its benefits and the sustainable development of the PVC industry.