Advanta Tuff-Seal First Flooring Product to Enhance Sustainability with Dow Ecolibrium Bio-Based Plasticizers

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Tuff-Seal Tile by Advanta Flooring is the first flooring product to enhance its sustainability using BioVinyl, made with Dow Ecolibrium bio-based plasticizers. Advanta Tuff-Seal floor tiles are now 70% derived from natural resources, contain no phthalates, have a 33% lower carbon footprint and are potentially eligible for LEED points.

Advanta Tuff-Seal™ Interlocking Floor Tile is the first flooring product to enhance its sustainability using BioVinyl™, made with DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ bio-based plasticizer.

Introduced in 2002, Advanta Tuff-Seal tiles feature a patented hidden interlock system that creates a secure, water-tight surface, require no adhesive, minimal subfloor prep, and are easily installed in any commercial, industrial or institutional interior area.

Made from virtually 100% renewable ingredients, DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ bio-based plasticizers are derived from the non-food portion of crops, whereas other corn-based bioplastics potentially draw from the food supply. When used in flexible vinyl compounds, DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40% if used instead of traditional phthalate ester-based PVC plasticizers.

Advanta Tuff-Seal with DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ is 70% derived from natural resources (salt, minerals and plants) and formulated without the use of phthalates or lead. Tuff-Seal materials have a 33% lower carbon footprint, while the product has enhanced dimensional stability at high and low temperatures, improved color-hold, UV resistance and recyclability, and is potentially eligible for LEED points. Tuff-Seal also retains all of its existing performance and physical properties, including slip, chemical and fire resistance.

Advanta Tuff-Seal’s new BioVinyl™ formulation was developed by Teknor Apex Company.

For Advanta Tuff-Seal and Advanta ENVEE Loose-Lay tile and plank flooring information and samples, contact Advanta Flooring, Inc., 670 HP Way, Chester, VA 23836, 877-779-2454,

BioVinyl™ is a trademark of Teknor Apex Company. ECOLIBRIUM™ is a trademark of Dow Chemical Company. Tuff-Seal™ and ENVEE™ are trademarks of Advanta Flooring, Inc.


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