When we look around our rooms and office spaces, we are surrounded by many building materials ingredients and byproducts that may be harmful during one or multiple stages of the material life cycle. Many contain substances that pose a hazard during the manufacturing phase, use phase, or other stage of the life cycle.
For example, while vinyl flooring continues to grow in popularity, there are several serious environmental concerns. It is a nonrenewable material made from petroleum-based chemicals.
Vinyl has the potential to cause harm to both users and a broader environment from manufacturing, through installation and use, and after end-of-life of the material.
Read the case for less vinyl and get ideas for reduction or elimination of its use in your facilities below.