Sustainable healthcare

For us, sustainable healthcare means a lot. PVC’s contribution to sustainable healthcare encompasses the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability. The material is made from 57% salt, an abundant resource, and the rest of oil or natural gas. It is easily recyclable and in Australia and New Zealand around 170 hospitals collect PVC medical devices from non-infectious patients for recycling into useful products. A pilot project is also running in the UK. As it is a very affordable material, PVC has helped enable access to quality healthcare for the broader population.

VinylPlus® – a voluntary commitment to sustainable development

The European PVC industry is committed to sustainable development. This commitment is put into practice by VinylPlus, the 10-year Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development in Europe. The VinylPlus programme was developed through open dialogue with stakeholders, including industry, NGOs, regulators, civil society representatives and PVC users. Five key challenges for sustainable development have been identified on the basis of The Natural Step System Conditions for a Sustainable Society. The regional scope of the programme is the EU-28 plus Norway and Switzerland.

The founding members of VinylPlus are The European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM), European Stabiliser Producers Association (ESPA), European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and European Plasticisers.

Watch the short animation video to learn more about the VinylPlus programme and its achievements.

Measurable targets and third-party auditing

Through the VinylPlus® initiative, the European PVC industry is creating a long-term sustainability framework for the entire PVC value chain. It aims to:
The progress is monitored by an independent Monitoring Committee and documented by yearly Progress Reports that are independently audited and verified by third parties. The praise for the VinylPlus programme comes from a wide range of stakeholders, e.g. the European Commission which considers VinylPlus a frontrunner for circular economy. VinylPlus is registered as a SMART partnership on the UN Partnerships for SDGs platform and listed as a Good Practice on the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. Together with fiver other European plastics organisations, VinylPlus has recently launched Circularity Platforms aiming to reach 50% plastics waste recycling by 2040.

"VinylPlus can be considered a frontrunner for the circular economy"

Gwenole Cozigou, former Director, DG Growth, European Commission


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