Second-Look Recycles 170 Tons of Wallcoveringby  TRI-KES 

March 1, 2010 |

Nearly 170 tons of vinyl wallcovering have been reclaimed and recycled by the Second-Look® Recycled Wallcovering program since late 2007. The first program to reclaim post-consumer vinyl wallcovering, Second-Look was launched in 2007, winning five industry awards for sustainability. The program reclaims vinyl wallcovering of any make and for those ordering new wallcoverings, covers the cost of freight to send reclaimed material to the recycling center in New Castle, Indiana. Reclaimed material is closed-loop recycled into new Second-Look wallcovering for the Versa, Cirqa and Plexus brands. The new offerings contain a minimum of 20% total recycled content.
“We’re making it easy and cost-effective to recycle wallcovering, and the market is responding,” said Beth Rich, Director of Brand Management. “Second-Look sends reclamation bins to the demolition site and coordinates retrieval. For those placing new orders, we’ll cover the reclamation freight, saving the end user hauling and landfill fees. We’re seeing a steady increase in the number of designers, facility managers and contractors who are routinely incorporating wallcovering reclamation into their renovation projects.” 
Second-Look recycled wallcoverings are Type II, 52”/54”, 20-ounce vinyl that are low-VOC and use water-based inks and adhesives. Second-Look supports LEED in the categories of  MR 2.1 and 2.2 Construction Waste Management for recycling construction waste; MR 4.1 and 4.2 for post-consumer recycled content; and EQ (Environmental Quality) 4.1 and 4.2 for low-emitting materials. The program was recognized by five 2007 awards including the Most Sustainable Gold Product Award from IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, the Most Sustainable Product Award from the Healthcare Facilities Symposium, the Innovations Environmental Grand Prize from Buildings magazine, and Editor’s Choice Awards from Architectural Record and Interiors & Sources. 


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