Avoid the use of PVC
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- Technical Specification (Requirement Specifications)
PVC contributes to the release of environmentally harmful substances, particularly during the disposal of products, and should therefore be avoided.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) shall not be used in any part of the product.
Exceptions are permitted for any electrical cables.
Documentation of the Requirement Specification:
The tenderer shall submit a declaration stating that the requirement is met.
Fulfilment of the requirement may also be documented through access to a valid certificate verifying that the tendered furniture product is covered by certification developed in accordance with ISO 14024 (Type I or Type I-equivalent) which fulfils the requirement. E.g. the Swan ecolabel.
Information about the Requirement Specification:
The use of PVC is widespread. However, due to its harmful environmental impact (including release during production, but particularly during disposal of the product), a requirement should be stipulated that furniture products must not contain PVC.
In some cases, the contracting authority may need furniture textiles which are coated due to strict requirements regarding product cleaning. This may apply to furniture at institutions, such as seating furniture in nursing homes. However, other types of coated textiles (synthetic leather) are available which can be used instead of PVC textiles. In connection with such procurements, ahead of the tender competition, the buyer should investigate whether the market can supply the required furniture using other types of coated textiles. If PVC must be used, the contracting authority may request information about whether the material is recyclable and require the tenderer to provide a description of how to dispose of it correctly.