Why PVC Free?

Carnegie’s commitment to quality and innovation is inseparable from its commitment to sustainability. The research and development of sustainable textiles is one of our major business principles, which led us to becoming the first PVC free textile and wallcovering company. The more we learned about Polyvinyl Chloride and how it was manufactured, the more convinced we were that the future of healthy building materials should not contain PVC. We are dedicated to finding high performance alternatives for walls, windows and furniture.

What is PVC?

PVC or Vinyl is produced from Vinyl Chloride Monomer (a recognized human carcinogen by the EPA). Because it is inherently rigid it requires plasticizers to soften it or make it more flexible for uses such as wallcovering and upholstery. These materials can also be harmful to human health. Vinyl manufacturing is a significant contributor of Dioxin, another carcinogen to our atmosphere. Disposal of PVC is complex and potentially hazardous.

A recently published report on PVC by Perkins and Will gives an excellent unbiased overview of the state of this material. Read the overview and view the whitepaper.



What We Do

• Continuously monitor our materials and their resulting impact on the planet.
• Leverage that information to produce products with less environmental impact.
• Push to achieve the highest levels of sustainability across all products lines.

• Focus on what’s needed to create a better tomorrow.
• Maintain the utmost respect for our employees, clients and the planet.
• Carnegie is committed to educating our clients on environmental issues.




• It’s the only high performance woven alternative to vinyl.
• Xorel patterns are inherently chlorine and plasticizer free.
• Xorel’s versatility makes it the perfect solution for walls, panels, and upholstery.
• Meets or exceeds all the specifcation requirements of a Type II wallcovering under CCC-408D.

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TPOs for Wallcoverings

• Free of plasticizers, chlorine, formaldehyde, heavy metals, and halogenated fire retardants.
• Uses water based inks and coatings only.
• Meets or exceeds all the specifcation requirements of a Type II wallcovering under CCC-408D.

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