Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the main component of plastic designer floor coverings. PVC is hard-wearing, durable, easy to clean and water-resistant and therefore used in many everyday plastic products.
PVC is originally a hard plastic which first of all has to be made soft and flexible before it can be laid as a floor covering. The chemicals which give PVC the necessary flexibility and softness are called "softening agents" or "plasticisers".
So-called "phthalates" (pronounced (f)thalates = (f)θaleɪts) are the type of softening agent which has been most commonly used for the production of plastic designer floor coverings. An in-depth evaluation of phthalates which was carried out on behalf of the European Commission by experts from the EU Member States came to the conclusion that they do not represent a risk to human health.
As one of the first manufacturers of plastic designer floor coverings, PROJECT FLOORS has voluntarily refrained from using phthalate-containing softening agents in the production of all of its floor coverings since 2013.
One of the alternatives used is Hexamoll® DINCH®, which has been developed by BASF for applications which come into close contact with humans. These include in particular the sensitive areas of toys, medical devices and food packagings.
Further information about Hexamoll® DINCH® can be obtained by clicking on the logo.
Both Hexamoll® and DINCH® are registered trade marks of BASF SE.