Pergo makes only 100% phthalate-free luxury vinyl flooring

14 October 2015

As a maker of luxury vinyl flooring, Pergo guarantees 100% phthalate-free flooring worldwide. This means that no phthalates are added during the production or recycling process. Only our own flooring and remnants — which contain no harmful plasticizers — are re-used.

What are phthalates?
The main components of vinyl floors are PVC, limestone and plasticisers, which is what gives this type of flooring its characteristic flexibility and typical softness. The most common plasticisers in use are phthalates. By the term phthalates we refer to phthalates of which the phthalatic ester is in the ortho position. It are some of these ortho-phthalates that are under concern.

Pergo demonstrate by taking this step that they are not only devoted to technical innovation, but also to offering the highest possible levels of quality in terms of health and sustainability. This also consolidates Pergo as leader in their field.

‘Quality through innovation is Pergo’s main concern’, underlines Chief Sustainability Officer Tino Mulle. ‘By making quality and sustainability a key focus area, we guarantee that all our luxury flooring is phthalate free.’ 

Quality through innovation is Pergo’s main concern. By making quality and sustainability a key focus area, we guarantee that all our luxury flooring is phthalate free.



Only Pergo floors in recycling process

One of the ways in which Pergo can keep this promise is by recycling only its own floors and production remnants. This means that phthalates can’t make their way into the production process via products made elsewhere, resulting in guaranteed 100% phthalate-free flooring. This means that the formula and composition of the flooring is always fully in Pergo’s hands. This also contributes to the optimum stability of the luxury vinyl flooring.

Start to finish phthalate-free production process

Pergo’s phthalate-free luxury vinyl floors are made in the vinyl factory in Wielsbeke (Belgium). This site opened its doors in 2014 and makes all Pergo LVT products. Here, specialists closely scrutinise the production process, from raw materials to finished product.

Because of possible health hazards associated with the use of certain phthalates, Pergo uses only alternative, phthalate-free plasticisers. Pergo guarantees that all of its LVT products are entirely phthalate free.

Thanks to the perfectly sealed surface of the LVT floors, only an absolute minimum of volatile organic compounds are released: one-hundred times less than laid down in European regulations.

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