ECODECO, a polyolefin-based material for production of wallcoverings, created by VEIKA (Vilnius, Lithuania), was attributed the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label following an assessment performed by external independent experts and based on verified standards. It is thereby joining the #1000solutions challenge, an initiative by the Solar Impulse Foundation to select solutions that meet high standards in profitability and sustainability. ECODECO is the first Lithuanian product to receive this label.

To receive the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label, ECODECO was thoroughly assessed by a pool of independent experts according to 5 criteria covering the three main topics of Feasibility, Environmental and Profitability. All labelled solutions are part of the #1000solutions portfolio that will be presented to decision-makers in business and government by Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation. The aim of this initiative is to encourage the adoption of more ambitious environmental targets and fast-track the implementation of these solutions on a large scale.

ECODECO is an eco-friendly material that is used by wallpaper manufacturers to produce high quality wallcoverings. It might look like traditional vinyl wallpaper, but it’s produced from a special eco-friendly polymer compound which, unlike the vinyl alternative, contains no harmful components of any type. The same materials that are used for ECODECO wallpaper are widely used for food packaging, children’s toys and medical equipment (strongly regulated industries). Wallpaper based on ECODECO contains no plasticizers, phthalates, solvents or any other liquid components as well as no other harmful chemicals. eco-INSTITUT (Koln, Germany) has confirmed that ECODECO fulfills their certification criteria. Non-woven material, which is used for the backing of ECODECO material, is FSC compliant. Last, but not least, all production waste can be fully recycled.

Replacement of plasticized PVC (which has plasticizers, phthalates, polyvinyl chlorine and other additives in its contents) in wallpaper production brings several benefits:

– Odorless and healthier final product for end-users;

– The same quality of final product;

– Better recycling of waste;

– Saving of energy during the production and reducing CO² footprint.

 VEIKA, the inventor of ECODECO technology, is based in Vilnius, Lithuania and produces wallpaper materials since 1991. The company has a vast experience in the industry. Its CTO, Dr. Aleksey Etin, is an active member of the Technical Committee of IGI International Wallcoverings Association. Since 2016, the main company’s focus is on creating innovative, eco-friendly, sustainable materials and technologies for wallcovering and digital printing industries. In 2017, its digital inks production department was acquired by the Japanese digital printing equipment production leader MIMAKI ENGINEERING.

About the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label

One of the first labels for positive impact businesses bringing together protection of the environment and financial viability, the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label is attributed following an assessment performed by external independent experts. In collaboration with renowned institutions, solutions applying for the label must go through a neutral methodology based on verified standards. This label serves as an award for clean and profitable solutions.

Thanks to a rigorous evaluation process, the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label is the only evaluation that guarantees the economic profitability of products and processes that protect the environment. Considered a recognition for innovators and a credible trademark of quality for governments and companies, it enables decision-makers to find efficient solutions to meet their environmental commitments.

 About the Solar Impulse Foundation

The Solar Impulse Foundation is dedicated to accelerating the implementation of clean and profitable solutions. Moreover, the Foundation is helping decision-makers in businesses and governments to achieve their environmental targets and adopt more ambitious energy policies, which are necessary to pull these solutions to market. A way to carry the success of the first solar-powered flight around the world further.