pvc extruding flooring that’s made of a non-biodegradable polymer that is recyclable and is resistant to chemicals.
The company said it will use recycled materials from a local landfill in a pilot program that runs for four years.
The program will help the company better understand the demand for the flooring and provide better solutions.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to continue to grow our business,” said Mike Smith, senior vice president of manufacturing.
Hospitals will pay for the extrusion process, which the company says will be cost-effective and sustainable.
The extrusion of the material into the floor also means the floor will be easier to clean.
Hospers typically use polyurethane, which is less durable than biodegradables.
Smith said he expects that if the material is recycled, it will be less expensive than biopolymers that use biodegradeable polymers.
The manufacturer said it’s also working with the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that the material can’t be used to make biofuels.
Hosps use pvc in their floors and beds, but the new material has been tested in the U.S. to make the material more durable and more eco-friendly.