SAVA
No 6 Days Walk, Pinelands, Cape Town, 7450.
(021) 531-0313
admin@savinyls.co.za
follow us

product stewardship commitment

SAVA and its members are committed

to building sustainability awareness across the value chain in order to address our sustainability challenges. An important step towards achieving this objective is SAVA’S Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC) – a series of achievable commitments to address our industry’s environmental issues. 

SAVA assists members, relevant authorities and experts to understand, characterise and address product stewardship issues associated with the life cycle of vinyl products. Members are also requested to inform SAVA about any significant environmental or health safety issues in connection with the manufacture, use or disposal of vinyl products.  

The SAVA Product Stewardship Commitment is organised into the following four focus areas:

SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING

SAVA members are committed to achieve the following targets in relation to the manufacturing of all vinyl products: VINYL CHLORIDE MONOMER (VCM)
. TOTAL VCM emission from vinyl production processes less than 250g/mt for S-PVC and E-PVC. VCM content in final vinyl regular product application less than 5g/mt for S-PVC. VCM content in final vinyl regular product application less than 10g/mt for E-PVC. VCM content in final vinyl product for food and medical application less than 1g/mt for S-PVC
. VCM content in final vinyl product for food and medical application less than 1g/mt for E-PVC. MERCURY: Mercury-free vinyl production Processes in all local & imported vinyl & compounds

SUSTAINABLE USE OF ADDITIVES

CHLORINATED PARAFFIN: Complete phase-out of the use of short-chain chlorinated paraffin in the manufacture of vinyl-based products LEAD STABILISERS AND COMPOUNDS: Lead-free stabilisers & additives to be used in all vinyl products
. CADMIUM CONTAINING INGREDIENTS: Cadnium-free stabilisers and additives to be used in all vinyl products. HEXAVALENT CHROMIUMCONTAINING INGREDIENTS: 
Hexavalent Chromium free additives and pigments to be used in all vinyl products. 
BISPHENOL A: All vinyl products to be Bisphenol A-free

Low-Molecular Weight Phthalate plasticisers

Restrict the use of DEHP and DOP in high human contact applications, such as toys, medical devices excluding blood bags, footwear, gloves and apparel, shower curtains, flooring, table cloths, domestic flexible hose • CLOSED LOOP MANAGEMENT • Increase the re-cycling of postconsumer PVC-P to 15000 mt per annum • Increase the re-cycling of postconsumer PVC-U to 10000 mt per annum • Address the issue of legacy additives

product stewardship commitment (PSC) survey

SAVA members are required to complete a Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC) Survey annually to confirm that they are actively working towards meeting the Association’s criteria which specifies sustainable manufacturing, the sustainable and responsible use of additives, closed loop management and a sustainability awareness. By completing and signing the PSC Survey, members are voluntarily committing themselves to:

Assisting SAVA in addressing the challenges in a positive and pro-active manner.

Agreeing that your company complies to the voluntary compliance standards (where applicable).

Agreeing to be audited and provide proof of this data for verification purposes when called upon by the auditor.

Both local and imported polymers and additives require endorsement on the TDS or MSDS for each product

Vinyl. Product Label

SAVA members who are able to prove that they comply with the association’s Product Stewardship Commitment, are awarded the Vinyl.
(Vinyl Dot) Product Label.

The Vinyl

Was formally launched in the South African market in 2019 and is awarded to member companies (including material suppliers, converters and importers of vinyl products that are sold on the local market), free of charge to display on their products and marketing material.

The Vinyl

Product label is as a sign of excellence that gives customers, specifiers and markets of locally manufactured PVC products immediate peace of mind and the assurance that the PVC product carrying this quality mark is lead-free, only uses additives that have been approved for high human contact applications and is supports a circular economy.

The Vinyl

Logo is updated annually and members have to repeat the process of proving compliance each year in order for them to be issued with the latest version.