PVCConstruct is a cultural project without any commercial interest. It was born to illustrate the many ways in which Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) can enhance our daily lives.
Johannesburg, January 30, 2012. The 24 members of the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) have committed themselves to the responsible and sustainable use of PVC with the signing of the industry’s Product Stewardship Programme (PSP) at the Association’s Annual General Meeting held in Midrand.
“Our Product Stewardship Program is a series of achievable commitments that address the industry’s environmental issues and forms the cornerstones of the Association’s focus and activities”, explains Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAVA.
As proof of the fact that the industry is serious about making good of its promises and commitments, SAVA members voluntarily signed the Product Stewardship Programme, which consists of five fundamental key areas, namely:
Being part of a successful industry implies accepting a responsibility towards others in that industry to join forces, to share ideas and to turn ideas into action. For this reason, SAVA actively participates in knowledge transfer activities with the Australian Vinyls Council, The Global Vinyls Council, Vinyls Plus and other international organisations. “Our main purpose is to represent our members’ interests in the Southern Africa region by creating consumer confidence within the industry and to develop and sustain markets for the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) business,” Bezuidenhout explains.
Product Stewardship Programme
Since its inception a little more than year ago, SAVA has already made significant inroads by convincing the Green Building Council of SA to withdraw the Mat-7 PVC Minimisation credit from the Green Star SA rating system and not to replace it with an alternative version.
Says Bezuidenhout: “We are proud of the fact that the GBCSA acknowledged the progress our industry has made to date and that they have deemed the transition in the local vinyls industry to be on par with that of the Australian PVC industry.”
However, SAVA cannot afford to be resting on its laurels as delivering progress on the PSP is critical to the Association’s success. They have set realistic timeframes and goals for the delivery of key undertakings in the production and storage, the safe and sustainable use of these additives, waste management thereof, and research and public reporting.
“SAVA is ideally positioned within the local plastics industry and has representation on the Recovery Action Group (RAG), the Packaging Council of South Africa (PACSA) and the Plastics SA Sustainability Council. It is our goal to ensure that our members are represented on a broader platform and we are confident that we will be able to create an even bigger impact and reach within in our industry as we strive to double our membership by the end of 2012,” Bezuidenhout says.
For more information, visit www.savinyls.co.za
Notes to the editor:
• PVC has been in wide scale use for more than 50 years. It meets international standards for safety and health for the applications for which it is used.
• PVC is one of the most researched and thoroughly tested building materials in the world. Around our homes, it is used in a wide range of uses as pipes for our fresh water, roof membranes, drain pipes, floor coverings, window frames, electrical cables, toys and food packaging.
• PVC is typically the material of choice in the building and construction sector because of its high performance, affordability and environmental properties.
• PVC is the product of choice for blood bags, intravenous tubing, masks, surgical gloves, and many other similar applications. PVC flooring in medical facilities has proven to be ideal allowing for ease of disinfection which enables these facilities to offer life-saving services in hygienic conditions.
Issued on behalf of SAVA by Aim Marketing.
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Industry leaders and members of sava have committed themselves to the responsible and sustainable use of PVC with the signng of the Association’s Product Stewardship Programme (PSP). Amongst those signatories were:
Front (FLTR): Maria Stephanu (SASOL), Pat Govender (NCT Chlorchem), Andy Hall (Floorworx), Charl Fourie (Capital Polymer Additives), Mark Halters (Isegen), Nico Scheepers (Scinergy),
Back (FLTR): Frank Lovell (Arengo Plastics), Peter du Plessis (Polyflor), Tandy Coleman-Spolander (Polyflor), Gary van Eyk (Sun Ace and Chairman: SAVA), Kumar Naidoo (Scinergy), George Dimond (Continental Compounders), Delanie Bezuidenhout (CEO: SAVA)