The VinylPlus® Product Label

The VinylPlus® Product Label is a labelling scheme which makes it easy for customers and markets to identify the most sustainable and high-performance PVC products. Currently, the scheme covers the building and construction sectors.

The VinylPlus® Product Label has been developed by VinylPlus®, in collaboration with Building Research Establishment (BRE Global) and The Natural Step (TNS).

Top 5 reasons to apply for the VinylPlus® Product Label

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1. Showcase your sustainable PVC solutions

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2. Increase your sales for sustainable PVC solutions

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3. Set yourself apart and attract buyers and specifiers

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4. Make it easy for your customers to identify your products based on sustainability performance

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5. Benefit from the Label promotion done by VinylPlus®

“We were among the first to apply for the VInylPlus Product Label and we are proud we are among the pioneers to receive this recognition. It combines elements from responsible sourcing (largely included in the BES 6001 scheme) and the sustainability aspects of the VinylPlus programme.”
– Neil Stuart, Epwin Window Systems

What the Product Label holders say about it

 

“We were searching for quite some time for a suitable sustainability certificate for our PVC product range. The VinylPlus Product Label is the most credible and powerful option we have found.”
– Thomas Napromski, Schüco Polymer Technologies

“We expect that our customers will appreciate this new and very visible proof for our sustainability performance in the PVC profile sector. The VinylPlus Product Label also gave us good ideas how to improve further.”
– Michael Dietz, Rehau AG

“The VinylPlus Product Label audit was quite a challenge for us to organise, as it came on top of all the other auditing work companies have to do these days. But, it was worthwhile and exciting to measure our sustainability work with a best of class standard.”
– Jürgen Herbe, Veka

How does it work?

 

The VinylPlus® Product Label is a voluntary scheme. All VinylPlus® Partners* can choose to apply for the label for a PVC product or product family. The label has been developed to ensure that a company’s overall policy and performance, along with the component materials used for products, are aligned with the sustainability criteria, which are:

VinylPlus® partnership and programme support

Organisational Management Requirements

Supply Chain Management Requirements

Controlled Loop Management and Recycling

PVC Resin from sustainable sources

Responsible use of Additives

Sustainable Energy and Climate policies

Sustainability Awareness and Communication

Read more about the sustainability criteria

*For the time being it is reserved to window profile manufacturers 

Transparency
and impartiality

Each criterion covers one or more levels of performance, ranging from compulsory to exemplary/outstanding. All compulsory criteria must be fulfilled in order to secure certification. Each criterion is given a score or number of credits by an independent third-party auditor. Criteria are regularly revised and developed through transparent procedures open to all stakeholders. To ensure transparency and impartiality the audit results are then independently verified by BRE Global.

Compulsory points

  • Legal compliance, Quality management systems
  • Registered partnership with VinylPlus®
  • Cadmium and lead-free formulations, except as permitted in recyclates

Additional points

  • Recycling content of products, design for better recycling
  • Living the VinylPlus® programme in the whole organisation
  • Waste management systems

The performance report attached to the accredited label will show details of where the credit points were achieved.

How to apply

1. Application

Any VinylPlus® Partner can apply online. You can self-check your score!

2. Verification

VinylPlus verifies conformity and informs the applicant how his application is processed.

3. Audit Preparation

Applicant fills out audit information and undertake preparation for the auditor’s on-site visit. BRE undertakes a pre-assessment.

4. On-Site Audit

The on-site audit takes place and the auditor prepares the performance report.

5. Review of Report

BRE verifies the results of the performance report. Comments from the applicant can be requested if necessary.

6. Certification

After positive completion of the audit process, VinylPlus® grants the label certificate to the applicant, which is valid for 2 years.

7. Re-application

Partners can apply for a renewal of their certification during a valid label’s lifetime. The re-labelling process is the same as above.

Application form

To apply, fill out the form below, or email this document completed to info@vinylplus.eu

  • Company Details

  • Scope of Application

  • I've read terms and conditions

About us

VinylPlus® is the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development by the European PVC industry. It aims to create a long-term sustainability framework for the entire PVC value chain across Europe and beyond.
The VinylPlus® Product Label has been developed in collaboration with:
Building Research Establishment (BRE) is an independent and impartial research-based consultancy, that tests and trains organisation, and offers expertise in every aspect of the built environment and associated industries.
The Natural Step (TNS) is a global network of NGOs with twenty-five years of experience in helping organisations and individuals understand and make meaningful progress towards sustainability.

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