The use of PVC as a construction material in the London 2012 Olympics has highlighted how PVC provides credible performance and sustainability when taking into account the whole life cycle of the product.
The data, provided by the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers, confirms the success of the London 2012 organisers in specifying PVC with the intention of restricting the Games’ environmental impact.
Over 140,000 square metres of PVC were used at the London Olympics, including in the construction of high performance sports surfaces and seating where there was a recognition that PVC’s non-slip qualities made it the ideal choice.
This bold move reverses the decision made by Sydney to avoid the use of PVC, and reflects a holistic view that – long-term – PVC is a credibly ‘green’ material in terms of usage and recyclability.
Proof of the long-term durability of PVC products comes with the revelation that some structures have been dismantled and shipped to Brazil in readiness for use in the country’s football arenas during the 2014 World Cup.
Other items, such as temporary structures, have already been recycled using the Vinyloop process, a method of breaking the plastic apart so it can be reformed for other uses.