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Green Flooring – Vinyl flooring

Vinyl Flooring

Green Flooring - Vinyl

Vinyl floors are recyclable and have a thermally stable surface that can minimize heating and cooling costs. This is where the green attributes of vinyl end. Vinyl flooring is made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a chemical compound that's been labeled "a potential health risk" within a few different industries. The disposal of vinyl is also deemed hazardous, as incineration of the material results in dioxin, one of the most toxic carcinogens on the planet.


  • Can be easy to maintain
  • Has a lifespan up to 20 years
  • Has a thermally stable surface that can help reduce heating and cooling costs
  • PVC can be recycled
  • A number of manufacturers are developing eco–friendly materials to replace PVC


  • PVC contains phthalate plasticizers, a chemical believed to cause human reproductive and developmental damage
  • Vinyl flooring can outgas volatile organic compounds, or VOCs into the atmosphere for years after installation
  • Greenpeace believes that dioxin's presence in the atmosphere is a result of the incineration of PVC waste and vinyl chloride manufacturing

Green Flooring Tips – Vinyl

  • Purchase vinyl flooring that's made with recycled vinyl materials
  • Donate old vinyl flooring to a reclamation center