The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA’s) vinyl-dot was formally launched in the South African market at the beginning of last year. To date, SAVA has proudly awarded the 2020 vinyl-dot to 21 of its members, following their successful completion of the industry association’s product stewardship commitment benchmarking survey.
Member companies, including material suppliers, converters and importers of vinyl products that are sold on the local market are awarded the vinyl-dot free of charge to display on their products and marketing material. However, it has to be renewed annually and is only issued once a SAVA executive has confirmed that the member adheres to the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA’s) product stewardship commitment.
A symbol of quality and assurance
According to Adri Spangenberg, SAVA chief executive officer, this is a product label that offers customers, specifiers and markets the assurance that the PVC product carrying this quality mark is lead-free, only uses additives that have been approved for high human contact applications and which supports a circular economy.
“Our key objective with introducing the vinyl-dot label was to promote our member companies and their products in terms of superior performance and their contribution to sustainability. Gaining the right to display this label sets businesses apart from their competitors and makes it easy for buyers and specifiers to identify their PVC products,” Spangenberg explains. “It also helps to clearly identify those suppliers who are members of SAVA and which subscribe to the association’s Industry Waste Management Plan and are committed to demonstrating extended producer responsibility.”
2020 vinyl-dot recipients
• AECI Specialty Chemicals (ChemSystems)
• Alpha Plast
• Associated Additives
• Chembridge Additives
• Continental Compounders
• Elco Plastics
• Emeraude International
• Innovative PVC Compounds
• Marley Pipe Systems
• NCP Chlorchem
• Strand Group Developments
• Sun Ace SA.
The results of this year’s product stewardship commitment benchmarking survey were highly encouraging and proved that SAVA is making important inroads in the industry.
“We were very glad to see that all of our members have phased out the use, supply or importing of potentially harmful additives such as cadmium stabilisers, pigments containing hexavalent chromium, bisphenol-A anti-oxidants or short chain chlorinated paraffin,” says Spangenberg.
SAVA has also been making a concerted effort this past year to engage with retailers, brand owners and pressure groups to educate them about the value of seeing the vinyl-dot on products such as clingfilm, shoes and accessories, and flooring etc. The feedback has been very positive; these decision makers welcomed the pro-active steps aimed at cleaning up the industry and introducing transparency and accountability where long-term sustainability is concerned.
Did you know blister packs are made from PVC? PVC products carrying the vinyl mark are lead-free, use additives approved for high human contact applications and are recyclable.
“Vinyl is an incredibly versatile product and is used in a wide variety of different industries and products. The vinyl-dot is seen as a game changer for PVC products and confirms our commitment to strengthen the positive social, economic and environmental impact of PVC. We encourage the public to buy PVC wisely, by buy vinyl,” she concludes.