Clean and Safe Manufacturing
PVC pipe manufacturing is extremely efficient, with virtually 100 percent of the PVC compound being used. It takes four times less energy to make than concrete pipe, and half that used for iron pipe.
There are no smoke stacks at PVC pipe facilities and the product is completely recyclable, making its environmental footprint far smaller than competing piping materials. Contrast this with the cement industry – the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.
PVC pipe’s ecological credentials have been demonstrated by numerous life-cycle assessments, which scientifically assess the impact of a product, from raw material extraction to end-of-life.
And since sustainability involves a social dimension, it’s important to look at it in terms of human resources and worker safety. According to the United States Bureau of Labor, the plastic piping industry has an outstanding record in this area, experiencing far fewer injuries and illnesses in every phase of production, on average, than similar industries.