“Underlying Thoughts” — Our resident rug, Mat, provides some insight to customers on questions received during the past week.
This week’s deal of the week features our popular series of office chair mats. Many consumers are unfamiliar with the various underlying materials, so I thought a brief comparison of Polypropylene (PP) versus PVC (or Poly Vinyl Chloride) might be in order.
Of the two substances, Polypropylene is the preferred material of choice. Created with no underlying harmful chemicals, PP is an environmentally friendly alternative to PVC. The underlying elements used to create PP plastics are Carbon and Hydrogen.
Polypropylene is derived from a relatively safe gas known as propylene monomer. A byproduct of the petroleum industry, in the past, propylene monomers were burned off contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. PP production recycles this waste product into a viable manufactured substance whereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Polypropylene is stable heat-tolerant plastic making it suitable for use in a variety of products and climates around the world and best of all is 100% recyclable.
Research supports PP as a safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly alternative to PVC. Consumers will welcome the crack-, curl-, break-, scratch- and yellow-resistant nature of their office chair mat. Additionally, PP mats are unbreakable and scratch-resistant offering no harmful material emissions whatsoever, perfect for people with allergies.
What Makes PVC Less Desirable?
PVC is an acronym for the chemical compound poly vinyl chloride. In raw form, the substance is dangerous and toxic. PVC requires the addition of lead to stabilise for production and remains sensitive to heat. Reports document decomposition of PVC during manufacture. With approximately 30% Chlorine content, and the known effects of this potent chemical, consumers should avoid PVC products whenever possible.
To manufacture with PVC, plasticiser additives known as phthalates (which are carcinogens) must be injected. Unfortunately, plasticisers routinely escape the end product, whereby transferring to contact surfaces and subsequently landing in the environment.
At the end of a product’s lifespan, the chemical composition of PVC makes it unsuitable for recycling. Owners will struggle to dispose of their old, outdated or obsolete product.
Hopefully this primer helps explain the differences between the two materials and helps you make an educated decision when purchasing office chair mats. Remember, our deal of the week is valid on purchases made through Sunday. Stock up now on this great offer!