We at REHAU read with interest a recent article by the Double Glazing Blogger entitled, ‘Would you sell or make a fully recycled PVCu window?’, and were keen to respond with our thoughts.
It is true that within the polymer industry, and in the world beyond, working towards the ongoing safety and wellbeing of our planet is becoming a key consideration. As many other businesses do, at REHAU we have sustainability goals that we strive to achieve in all aspects of our work, from the processes of production, to the final product (a recycled PVCu window), to the way we work as an international company. And the industry will know that the creation of a circular economy is something we have striven to achieve for many years through constant innovation and investment.
As a result of this drive we welcome conversations within the industry about the importance of production of recycled windows. It is interesting however that we now see this question of whether businesses would make or sell a fully recycled PVCu window or not.
As stated in the blog post many companies are working towards this goal and at REHAU we produce TOTAL70 co-extruded profiles that use 100% post-consumer waste within the profile, with just a virgin skin, making the product around 75-80% recycled. It is also a product that is equivalent to its non-co-extruded counterpart in all aspects and it has no end of life as the entirety of the profile can be recycled again. We also have made a great investment in our PVCR recycling plant in Manchester to enhance the process which actually recycles the PVC and creates chip that is used within this co-extruded product. This is all key to our circular economy.
With our experience we know that there is no question of whether, but rather when. We ask when will there be more recycled products on the market, and when will legislation be implemented to demand this to help ensure the future of our industry and the planet!
Already we know projects are specified with a requirement for co-extruded profiles and products that assist with creating a greener end result. We also know that there will be a point when PVC is no longer allowed to be put into landfill. This is something we are hoping to work towards as a business and within the industry. So we would like to ask when and not if. We know the industry has to make this move and we are proud to be at the forefront of change.
For more information about this topic please visit rehau.uk/sustainability
Marketing and Technical Director, REHAU Windows Division