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The VinyLoop® Eco-footprint Study benchmarks the environmental footprint of recycling with conventional PVC compound, which is used in various plastics articles.

VinyLoop® reduces the global warming potential by 40% and primary energy demand by 47%. Recycling not only saves primary resources, but also avoids the incineration of plastic waste. In October 2013 an Update of the study was released to assure most accuracy possible, download the new version here.

The methodology used for the VinyLoop® Eco-Footprint Study has been critically reviewed by the independent testing organization DEKRA Industrial GmbH, which confirmed its compliance with the ISO standards 14040-44 for Life Cycle Assessment.

Life-cycle assessment (LCA) is a scientific tool to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life. It includes the cycle from cradle-to-grave i.e., from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling. LCA can help to broadly assess all environmental concerns, it compiles an inventory of relevant energy and material inputs and environmental releases, evaluates the potential impacts associated with inputs and releases, and interpret the results to help make a more informed decision.

The procedures of life cycle assessment are part of the ISO 14000 environmental management standards: in ISO 14040:2006 and 14044:2006.