The membrane materials recycled via EPCoat system are mechanically
shredded and transformed into common use industrial products. This
differs from other systems, as this can be applied as a reliable large
scale method, and in most cases locally, so there is no pollution
produced during transportation of the materials. Also this does not use
“additional solvents” to separate the components. In our opinion it
doesn’t make sense to use chemicals to generate low-quality
solvent-contaminated chemical compounds which cannot be used for
producing high quality fabrics. This is part of our way of understanding
As a consequence of the optimization processes, we are re-utilizing production waste (like coating paste and post production fabric waste) to produce a so called MEHGIES® E-Membrane, designated to be used as a low quality product for several uses, from soil impermeability to temporary covering.
Life Cycle Analysis and Environmental Product Declaration are available for four of MEHGIES® Textile Architecture Materials. We are collaborate with the German IBU (Institute for environment and construction) and participates in the European EPD program, which defines the ecological standards for construction materials with the new EN15804.
Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU): "Most buildings are assigned to the building in one "system". A Type-III declaration for building products which also helps to assess the entire building, thus lent itself to being created. Resource consumption and environmental emissions are recorded throughout the entire manufacturing process. The resulting contribution to the greenhouse effect, or eutrophication or acidification of water can be quantified and assessed using Lifecycle Assessment methodology. Lifecyle Assessments also provide a systematic and standardised basis for data in order to create an ecological assessment of a building in the "modular construction system" from declarations on individual building products. In a lifecylce analysis, the entire life of the building, the building phase with possible conversions as well as demolition and disposal are taken into consideration and the contribution of the building products to energy efficiency or to other aspects of sustainable management of a building are represented. The declaration includes statements on the use of energy and resources and to what extent a product contributes to the greenhouse effect, acidification, eutrophication, destruction of the ozone layer and smog formation. In addition, details are given about the technical properties which are required for assessing the performance of the building products in the building, like durability, heat and sound insulation or the influence on the quality of the indoor air. The ISO-Type-III declaration is directed at many target groups in regards to these qualtitative statements about environmental performance of building products: Planners, architects, building companies, real estate companies, facility manager and of course the companies who are involved in manufacturing and serving the supply chain from raw materials to the building itself. "
We are participating in VinylPlus with our MEHGIES® products. This is a voluntary commitment by the European PVC industry and covers the entire lifecycle of PVC and PVC products, by setting guidelines for acting in a sustainable manner.