Modern Vinyl Flooring products are not the old stick-down tiles or the gaudy cushion sheet vinyl South Africans grew up with.
For a start vinyl is one of the only plastics made mostly of a 'non-petroleum' source.
For use as a flooring product, plasticisers are added to what is basically a brittle product. Stabilisers now used include zinc, calcium and tin which have replaced the toxic heavy metals lead and cadmium which were commonly used in the past. Both lead and cadmium have been proven to have adverse effects on health and the environment so their omission is certainly an improvement.
While vinyl is a thermoplastic and can be 100% recycled without loss of performance, the Traviloc Allure Flooring in SA is produced from 100% virgin vinyl. This allows it to be classed as 'resilient flooring' and to comply with the stricter European norms and terms of VOC emissions and is completely free from formaldehyde and DOP used in flooring materials & carpets.