In 2015, we tested 65 vinyl floor tiles and found that 58% contained phthalates, a hazardous class of plasticizers that can migrate out of flooring into the air and surfaces inside a home. In response to our study, the major flooring and home improvement retailers announced a phase-out of phthalates in all the flooring they sell. 

Recently, we followed up. We tested new floor tiles and this time detected no phthalates, suggesting the retailers made good on their commitments.

The product links below show X-ray fluorescence (XRF) measurement of elements as well as Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) identification of plasticizers. The tiles are vinyl (PVC), a chlorinated polymer, so the XRF data finds chlorine in all the tiles. 

Read our article about the successful campaign to get phthalates out of flooring here!

Published on June 27, 2019

Sample Listing

Allure 6 in. x 36 in. Khaki Oak Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
Allure 6 in. x 36 in. Oak Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
Allure 6 in. x 36 in. White Maple Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
Antique Brushed Hickory 6 in. x 48 in. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
Armstrong Flooring Terraza Grand 1-Piece 18-in x 18-in Aspen Gray Stained Concrete
Armstrong Imperial Texture 1-Piece 12-in x 12-in Fortress White Glue (Adhesive)
Burnt Oak 8.7 in. x 47.6 in. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
CoreLuxe 5.3mm Natural Maple EVP
Engineered Floors, Platinum Plus, Harvest I, Taylor
Multi-Width x 47.6 in. Seasoned Wood Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
Outlast+ Chestnut Brown 10mm Thick x 6-1/8 in. Wide x 47-1/4 in. Length Laminate Flooring
Outlast+ Harvest Cherry 10 mm Thick x 6-1/8 in. Wide x 47-1/4 in. Length Laminate Flooring
Outlast+ Vintage Pewter Oak 10 mm Thick x 7-1/2 in. Wide x 47-1/4 in. Length Laminate Flooring
Shaw Matrix 14-Piece 5.9-in x 48-in Commack Pine Luxury Locking Vinyl Plank Flooring
Shaw Matrix 14-Piece 5.9-in x 48-in Perpetual Oak Luxury Locking Vinyl Plank Flooring
Shaw Matrix 14-Piece 5.9-in x 48-in Regency Gunstock Locking Luxury Vinyl Plank
SMARTCORE 12-Piece 5-in x 48.03-in Tahitian Walnut Luxury Locking Vinyl Plank Flooring
SMARTCORE 12-Piece 5-in x 48.03-in Tawny Oak Luxury Locking Vinyl Plank Flooring
SMARTCORE Ultra 8-Piece 5.91-in x 48.03-in Lexington Oak Luxury Locking Vinyl Plank Flooring
STAINMASTER 1-Piece 4-in x 36-in Safari Peel and Stick Vinyl Plank Flooring
STAINMASTER 1-Piece 6-in x 24-in Groutable White Waza Peel and Stick Luxury
STAINMASTER 10-Piece 5.74-in x 47.74-in Handscraped Nook Luxury Locking Vinyl Plank Flooring
Style Selections 1-Piece 12-in x 12-in Tumbled Stone Peel-and-Stick Stone Vinyl Tile
Tarkett Cortina Classic 1-Piece 12-in x 12-in Cloudburst Adhesive Speckle Commercial VCT Tile
Tranquility Ultra 5mm Golden Acacia LVP
Tranquility Ultra 5mm Rustic Reclaimed Oak LVP
Universal Oak 7.5 in. x 47.6 in. Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring
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