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Wide-format industry can help reduce effects of climate change: Kavalan

Taya Groups, creator of PVC-free banner material range Kavalan from Spicers, has released a video calling for action against “environmental catastrophe” and highlighting the prevalence of greenwashing. “PVC film is having a pretty devastating impact on air pollution, ecosystems, biodiversity decline and resource scarcity," it says.

“The video addresses the severity of the climate crisis, and how the wide-format industry can play its part in the crucial effort to reduce the effects," Taya Groups said. "Packed with hard-hitting facts on the realities of our everyday environmental impact, the Kavalan PVC-Free Pledge for the Planet also contains a message of hope as we work together towards a greener future.

“When the products we buy claim to be ‘100 percent recycled’, ‘eco-friendly’, ‘sustainable’, ‘recyclable’ or ‘zero-waste’, how do we know we’re getting the full story?”

Taya Groups VP Vincent Lin added: “This video is a declaration of intent that says ‘enough is enough’. Our PVC-Free Pledge for the Planet video reflects the huge amount of research and analysis completed on our Kavalan range of PVC-free products, enabling us to detail with confidence just how much of a difference Kavalan can make in the wide-format banner industry. 

“Not only that, it paints a highly insightful and at times shocking picture of how severe an environmental threat we’re facing, and helps us understand how knowing the facts and fighting disinformation can help the banner industry and beyond to protect our planet more effectively.” 

The video features global retail sustainability strategist Steve Lister, who explains the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) process and why it’s a useful tool for eradicating misleading statements and replacing them with verified data, as well as highlighting Taya’s green leadership in the creation of the Kavalan Eco Calculator. “In addition to global warming, Kavalan’s LCA process shows PVC film is having a pretty devastating impact on air pollution, ecosystems, biodiversity decline, and resource scarcity,” Lister says in the short film.  

KAVALAN Eco CalculatorKey facts claimed from the KAVALAN Pledge for the Planet include: 

- The manufacturing of PVC banners can use up to five times more freshwater in production than the manufacturing of PVC-free materials

- Freshwater demand is already outstripping supply, and under current trends, demand for water will exceed supply by 40 percent by 2030 

- If the entire sales of PVC banner equivalents in Europe in 2018 were replaced by KAVALAN Sunlight 300, it could have saved enough freshwater for almost 4 million people for an entire year 

- 10,000 sqm of KAVALAN Sunlight Light will save enough fossil fuel to power a BMW 3 series on 12 return journeys between London and Paris

- 10,000 sqm of KAVALAN Spiderweb300 would save the carcinogenic equivalent as 10.4 million packs of cigarettes.

Kavalan is distributed by Spicers Australia