There is no question we all spend a large portion of our lives indoors, so it’s essential to consider the materials used in our homes and their impact on the environment as well as our health. Thankfully research and technology are continually evolving, which allows manufactures to create new products accordingly. Whether you’re building or renovating low VOC products can improve the air quality of any space. To assist you we have compiled a list of our bestselling low VOC vinyl planks.
What are VOC’s?
So what are VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds? VOCs are a group of carbon-based compounds that can quickly evaporate into the air when exposed at room temperate (around 22 degrees) thus impacting the air quality of the room. VOCs can be found in many building products including furnishings, household cleaners and paints. Common examples of VOCs include acetone, benzene, formaldehyde, and ethylene glycol.
What’s considered low VOC?
The term “low VOC” describes a solvent whose VOC content is at or below 150 g/L. Generally speaking, the more natural the components of the product, the lower VOC the overall product will have.
Vinyl planks are an excellent choice for busy Australian families as they are incredibly durable, long-lasting and easy to clean. With the increase in technological advancements, luxury vinyl plank flooring is now more realistic than ever before with some resembling genuine natural timber with wood grain patterns. If you are looking for a luxurious, durable floor for entrance halls and other high-traffic areas, this is the floor for you. Vinyl planks provide improved resistance to stains and dirt all while protecting against scratches.
Ocean Vinyl Planks
- 5mm Thickness
- 100% recyclable
- Low VOC emissions
- Available in these six colours
- 20 years residential warranty & 10 years commercial warranty
Affinity Vinyl Plank
- 2mm Thickness
- 100% recyclable
- Low VOC emissions
- Available in sixteen different colours
- 15 years residential warranty & 10 years commercial warranty
Three easy ways to improve air quality
Indoor plants not only had beauty to any space, but they are a fantastic way to help improve indoor air quality in your home as they absorb a lot of the harmful toxins in the air.
If there is not enough fresh air in your home, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can become harmful. Therefore it’s important to ventilate your home to remove the build-up of these pollutants.
Where possible, identify the source of your homes poor air quality and eliminate it through sourcing specific low VOC products.
Cross Carpets commitment to a greener future
At Cross Carpets, we aim to provide the best sustainable flooring options for all Australian homes. We are committed to making thoughtful choices when it comes to all our quality products and aim to provide alternative natural floorings such as 100% recyclable vinyl planks. Therefore, we only work with like-minded companies that meet our standards and strive for products and processes to be friendly to both people and our environment. For today. For tomorrow. And for the future.
Recycling minimises our planet’s consumption of resources and the amount of waste while trying to find solutions to be able to reuse and recycle everything we can. That’s why we supply vinyl planks that are made from a minimum of 67% of post-consumer recycled materials.
Recofloor – Vinyl Take-Back Scheme
Recofloor is an international vinyl take-back scheme founded in 2009 by flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor for the commercial flooring industry. For vinyl flooring, between 5% and 10% is typically wasted as off-cuts on projects. This material would typically be taken away and end up in landfill. This take-back scheme sees unwanted vinyl planks that are at the end of their life be recycled into traffic cones and road barriers.