Urban Surfaces exclusively uses new vinyl materials in the manufacturing of our flooring. The reason we do so is to be certain about which products are put into the raw material mix. Only this way can the purity of the raw materials be ensured and the certainty of the avoidance of harmful additives or chemicals be known. With recycled vinyl, there is no telling which type of chemicals and plasticizers were mixed in with the previously used vinyl products. Many sources for recycled vinyl are untraceable and come from varied sources. Recycled vinyl might be great for outdoor products like vinyl fencing and park benches, but with flooring a controlled and precise mixture is needed for optimal indoor air quality.