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MP Global Products: Discarded Plastic Bottles Find New Purpose in Flooring
Norfolk, Neb. — Dec. 3, 2015 — MP Global Products, an early innovator in the manufacture of underlayment from recycled textile fibers, has expanded the scope of recycled resources used in its manufacturing processes to include fibers from discarded plastic beverage bottles.
The company recently introduced LuxWalk, a high-performing acoustic and insulating underlayment engineered especially for use under new Luxury Vinyl Flooring (LVF).
Containing 31 percent post-consumer materials, LuxWalk uses plastic fibers from discarded water bottles diverted from landfill, helping preserve the environment. The underlayment is LEED-compliant and will contribute to MRc 4.1 – 4.2 credits.
LuxWalk streamlines the installation of floating and glue-down LVF by smoothing out minor sub-floor imperfections. It also helps retard movement of the finished flooring, adding the right amount of compression-resistant cushioning to the floor assembly. LuxWalk notably minimizes impressions and indentations that can occur in LVF from footfall or stationary furniture.
Effectively soothing impact sound and minimizing floor-to-ceiling noise, LuxWalk sports impressive ratings in several IIC and STC tests. In a recent IIC test, designed to measure, in a laboratory, the impact sound transmission performance of LuxWalk installed under 5mm floating luxury vinyl tile over 6-inch concrete with no ceiling, the assembly achieved a very good sound rating of 52. And in a recent STC test evaluating LuxWalk installed under 5 mm floating luxury vinyl tile with no ceiling, the assembly achieved the same rating.
With thinner LVF, the numbers are even higher. In the IIC test of 4.2 mm luxury vinyl planks installed over LuxWalk and 6-inch concrete with a suspended ceiling, LuxWalk achieved an exceptional sound rating of 72. In the STC test of 4.2 mm luxury vinyl planks over LuxWalk and 6-inch concrete with suspended ceiling, LuxWalk achieved a noteworthy rating of 66.
LuxWalk also includes a 2.5 mil film barrier that acts as an excellent moisture barrier and improves the way LVF handles potentially harmful moisture.
For more information, visit www.mpglobalproducts.com.