Planex is conscious of the environmental impact of both its processes and products and consistently reviews ways in which its environmental footprint can be minimised. In 2006 it has substituted polypropylene (PP) for PVC as its standard product.

Potential health risks to humans during the PVC life cycle are well documented. Concerns have been raised about toxic compounds such as dioxin, hydrochloric acid, and vinyl chloride being released during its manufacture, as well appropriate ways to dispose of it, either through recycling, incineration or landfill.

As PVC can contain various plasticisers and/or additives, it is difficult to recycle and often ends up as landfill. In addition, hydrogen chloride gas and dioxin are formed if PVC is burnt.

The alternative, polypropylene, is an environmentally preferred product. It is a by-product of oil refining processes and produces fewer pollutants and/or safety hazards during use and disposal than comparable products.

PP is comprised of simple polymer structures that do not need plasticisers, which means it can be recycled mechanically (Note: PP may contain additives such as UV and heat stabilisers). PP does not present any occupational health and safety hazards; offers excellent resistance to stress; is highly resistant to cracking; is non-toxic, non-staining and easy to produce.