Gerflor Australasia is committed to environmental sustainability and best practice manufacturing. We continually seek out ways to design and produce eco-friendly products that are considerate to our natural environment.
We set ourselves the highest standards when it comes to the environmental quality of our manufacturing materials. Gerflor ranks among the best in the world for low VOC emission levels in our products, and we use recycled material across all our product ranges. Our new generation loose-lay products, reduce the use of adhesives and facilitate recovery and recycling at the end of the product’s life. In addition, our products are easy to maintain throughout their lives, requiring less water and chemical products than many alternative surfaces.
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We encourage our customers to recycle at every opportunity. In collaboration with installers and end use customers we will take back all Gerflor vinyl flooring for reuse or recycling.
Some end-of-life floors, through unique sorting and cooling processes, can even be formed into vinyl powder which is then incorporated back into new vinyl production lines.
However, should you decide for whatever reason to dispose of your flooring, you can be certain that disposal at landfill is non-hazardous.
You can view our Take-Back Policy here or get in touch to discuss your needs. We’re here to help!
Product stewardship is an approach to managing the impacts of different products and materials throughout their life cycle, including at end-of-life.
The Gerflor Group takes product stewardship seriously and we are committed to doing our part for a better environment. That’s why we are dedicated signatories to the Australian Vinyl Council’s Product Stewardship Program (PSP). We want to make sure that everything we do has minimum impact on the environment, and that we continually seek out new ways to improve the end-of-life uses for our products.
The aim of the Australian PVC Industry's Product Stewardship Program is to enable raw material suppliers, product manufacturers and distributors to be joint stewards of the safe and beneficial production, use and disposal of PVC products. All signatories are to share in the management of health, safety and environmental aspects of PVC products throughout their entire life cycle.
The PSP supports the Australian PVC industry to work as one to address issues. We see this as a great advantage for our industry, and an important way to foster innovation. It provides a level playing field for all Signatories to progress towards our common objective of a more sustainable industry.
The VCA was created in 1998 as the peak body representing the Australian PVC industry. In 2001, VCA commissioned the CSIRO to review the life cycle of PVC products and highlight potential concerns. The CSIRO's findings, followed by an extensive stakeholder consultation, formed the basis of the PVC Stewardship Program, a voluntary initiative launched in the following year.
To date, approximately 40 companies are Signatories to the Program, representing most of the Australian PVC industry. The Vinyl Council recognises that PVC products add significant benefit to society, including environmental benefit, as a function of their excellent performance, durability and affordability.
Every year, Gerflor participates in the PSP’s annual data survey, providing valuable information on operational practices and environmental performance within our company, which feeds into the industry-wide data and reporting process. In 2017 Gerflor Australasia were audited by Ernst & Young and achieved a strong level of compliance. We aim to improve even further in 2018.
For more information on Gerflor’s range of environmentally friendly products, visit http://www.gerflor.com/environment/
For more information on the PSP visit www.vinyl.org.au/sustainability/pvc-stewardship
Global GreenTag is an independent third-party certifier of products which are manufactured to have a low environmental footprint. For a company to have any product certified they must provide full and open disclosure of every single ingredient and every process used to create the product.
When companies obtain GreenTag certification for their products, the end user can be sure those products meet the most stringent scientific regulations, demonstrating a commitment to product stewardship and access for those products to be used in GreenStar rated buildings.
Gerflor Australasia seeks to certify as many of its products as possible with GreenTag and so far, we have a total of 14 product ranges that meet the strict compliance regulations for certification. Please see below:
We also have three products nearing completion –
You can view the full certificates and further information here – http://www.globalgreentag.com/manufacturer/gerflor/
Gerflor Australasia has recently participated in a ground-breaking recycling project set to change the way we look at PVC products at end-of-life. In conjunction with the Australian Vinyl Council, the University of NSW, Boral and a number of other key players in the industry, we are exploring all sorts of possibilities including granulated PVC for concrete products.
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Gerflor is pleased and proud to be a committed player in an industry team researching the feasibility of a collection and recycling scheme for vinyl flooring.
Led by the Vinyl Council of Australia’s Manager of Industry Recycling Strategy, Helen Millicer, the team includes a skilled research assistant in chemistry at University of New South Wales, experienced vinyl granulators, a potential downstream re-manufacturer in Boral Roofing and Masonry and suppliers Gerflor, Armstrong and Tarkett along with some other members of the VCA. After sufficient preliminary tests, trials and data, the team is poised to calculate the viability of a collection and recycling scheme.
Gerflor Managing Director, Chris Low said the project had the potential to create a more sustainable future for vinyl flooring.
“As a leading global manufacturer of resilient surfaces with an Australian subsidiary Gerflor is committed to environmentally responsible manufacturing processes and we understand the importance of finding alternatives to landfills to make our products more sustainable,” Mr Low said.
The project has made a number of important discoveries to date. They include:
•The best place to start collections is where there is time and space for a dedicated collection bin for commercial vinyl flooring.
• Reprocessing of heterogenous material is more complex so the current focus is on homogeneous flooring.
•The high limestone filler content of sheet vinyl makes it a suitable additive for durable product uses such as pavers.
This project is one of two recycling research initiatives coordinated by the VCA with funding from the NSW Environment Trust as part of NSW EPA’’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative. For further details visit the VCA website.
In March 2017, the team at Gerflor Hawthorn East participated in Clean Up Australia Day. Our awesome team collected piles of rubbish from within our local business community and along the banks of the Yarra River. All the waste that was collected would otherwise have ended up in landfill. We’re proud of our commitment to environmental stewardship and we all walk the talk.
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The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) is a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter.
It is an agreement between government and industry to find and fund solutions to address packaging sustainability issues. Through the APC, industry agrees to take a leading role in managing the impact of its packaging.
Organisations sign the Covenant to signal their commitment to:
Gerflor Australasia is a Signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant and each year we are required to complete an extensive survey on such areas as -
Year-on-year Gerflor seeks to improve our performance and all reports can be accessed here http://www.packagingcovenant.org.au/signatories.php