Vinyl is the leading plastic material in the construction market. Vinyl requires less maintenance, frequently outlasts competitive materials and often outperforms them, making quality housing more affordable.
It contributes to a higher standard of living by making critical products more affordable, more durable and more dependable. Only 43 percent of vinyl comes from non-renewable petroleum feedstocks. The balance (57 percent) comes from salt.
World-wide vinyl production represents less than .3 percent of all annual oil and gas consumption. In a study of construction applications, vinyl was one of three plastic materials with the lowest energy requirements, saving more than 34 million BTU's per 1,000 pounds made.Upward of 20 million pounds of post-consumer vinyl is recycled in the U.S. yearly. The industry supports efforts to expand recycling for construction and demolition scrap. Vinyl performance additives are closely regulated by a number of agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission. The manufacture of vinyl is closely regulated to minimize its impact on human health and the environment.
Vinyl products meet a demanding range of health and safety standards established by numerous agencies including the Food & Drug Administration, the National Sanitation Foundation, the National Fire Protection Association, all three model building codes, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission.