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LSI Introduces Recycled, Recyclable Vinyl Wallcovering


LOUISVILLE, KY.—New from LSI Wallcovering, Second-Look is the first program to reclaim previously installed vinyl wallcovering and turn it into new fashionable wallcovering designs with 18 percent recycled content and a minimum of 10 percent post-consumer. Recycled wallcovering collections are available through LSI’s Versa, Cirqa and Plexus distributors. The recycled selections have the same aesthetic quality, durability, warranties and price as the company’s standard wallcovering.

Three Second-Look collections include fresh designs in versatile colors and tactile embossed textures as well as some of LSI’s best-selling classics. The initial recycled offering includes 62 selections in the Versa collection, noted for its design versatility, signature textures and timelessness. From the Cirqa collection comes 48 recycled selections of sophisticated and fashion-forward patterns that run from classic to contemporary.

Plexus brings to the wall 48 recycled, value-oriented wallcoverings that present the essence of simplicity with a subtle twist. LSI plans an aggressive schedule of Second-Look product introductions and also offers the ability to custom-order most standard designs as a Second-Look recycled wallcovering.

Designers and facility managers who specify Second-Look recycled wallcovering also have the option to reclaim vinyl wallcovering from their renovation project and send it to LSI for recycling. Louisville-based LSI accepts vinyl wallcovering made by any manufacturer, but screens all samples to ensure they meet environmental quality standards. Used vinyl wallcoverings are removed as usual, but kept separate from construction debris and returned in LSI-supplied containers that are shipped to the job site. LSI also works with distributors and design firms to return wallcovering samples to be reclaimed. There is no minimum on the quantity of yards that can be returned.

No Added Cost for Recyclable Coverings

“Be the first to use vinyl wallcovering a second time,” says Beth Rich, LSI Second-Look creative director. “The recycled designs have the same great aesthetics, durability and price as the standard selections, but with even more ecological benefits. We also encourage specifiers to send LSI used vinyl wallcovering from their renovation projects to maintain the waste stream for the recycled product offering. Both programs divert wallcovering from landfills and support LEED.”

Commercial vinyl wallcovering is highly durable and provides a long life cycle. Its long-term, low maintenance performance makes it a sustainable and economical choice over other wall finishes. Wallcoverings can be recycled through the Second-Look program many times, extending its life cycle even further and diverting it from the landfill for many years. The recycling program has the added benefit of reducing energy usage in the manufacturing process. Second-Look supports LEED criteria for low-emitting materials, recycling construction waste and using post-consumer recycled content.

The Type II, 20-ounce wallcovering measures 52”/54” wide. A low-VOC wallcovering, Second-Look uses water-based inks, incorporates a mildew-inhibiting agent that helps prevent fungal and other microbiological growth, and can be installed with water-based adhesives. It is also available with Permavent microventing technology that manages mobile moisture and allows walls to breathe.

LSI began developing the waste stream for the recycling program in 2005 and has completed several large projects including Elements IV Interiors, a preferred Haworth & OFUSA dealership in Dayton, Ohio that is pending silver LEED certification.

“With Second-Look, reclaiming the used wallcovering was an incredibly simple process,” says Kim Duncan, Elements IV Interiors CEO. “We selected from a broad range of recycled wallcovering to create drama in the board room as well as a Feng Shui feeling throughout the facility. It was nice to work with an eco-friendly product with such a wide aesthetic range.”

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