Although it’s not new to the facility management market, the Second-Look® Recycled Wallcovering program has announced its latest milestone—6.5 million pounds (or 3,250 tons) of fabric backed vinyl wallcoverings recycled since its launch in 2007. Second-Look was the first to reclaim post-consumer vinyl wallcovering, and it is the only program to recycle it back into new wallcoverings.
Second-Look reclamation services and recycled wallcoverings are available through Versa Wallcovering and other major wallcovering brands. Louisville-based LSI Wallcovering manages the program and produces the wallcoverings that contain 20% total recycled content including 10% post-consumer material.
Explains Beth Rich, the program marketing director, “Second-Look sends reclamation bins to the demolition site and coordinates retrieval. For those placing new orders, we’ll cover the reclamation freight, saving the end user hauling and landfill fees. More and more specifiers are requesting wallcovering with recycled content, and we need partners in the field to help us reclaim post-consumer material.”
Second-Look recycled wallcoverings are certified to the NSF 342 Sustainability Standard for Wallcovering. They are made of Type II, low-VOC vinyl and use water-based inks and adhesives. All Second-Look wallcoverings support LEED v4 under criteria for EQc2 Low Emitting Materials. The Second-Look reclamation program supports MRc6 Construction and Demolition Waste Management in LEED v4.