Mother Earth Living

The Perils of PVC

The health and environmental risks of PVC.
By Natural Home Staff
September/October 2004


Content Tools

Related Content

Dangerous Chemicals Lurk in Your Home Products

Conventional flooring and wallpaper products contain high levels of toxic chemicals, an Ecology Cent...

Tuesday Video: “Wal-Mart is a Stupid Hippie Store”

Crazy, vigilant moms who scrub their toilets with baking soda are a threat to the chemical industry....

BPA-Free PURE Glass Drinking Bottles

PURE Glass Bottle is a new portable re-usable glass drinking bottle designed with SafeShell technolo...

In The News: Some Herbal Supplements Can Be Dangerous

Certain herbal supplements can cause severe heart and liver damage.

Polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as PVC or vinyl, is an inexpensive, widely used synthetic material. Unfortunately, PVC has numerous health and environmental risks:

• PVC manufacturing creates dioxin, a potent carcinogen that accumulates in fatty tissue and breast milk.

• Produces ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride, which are linked to endocrine disruption, endometriosis, neurological damage, birth defects, impaired childhood development, and reproductive and immune system damage.

• Often contains toxic stabilizers such as lead, cadmium, and phthalate plasticizers (particularly DEHP, a softener), which can seep from PVC products and may contribute to asthma, lead poisoning, and cancer.

• When exposed to extreme heat, PVC releases deadly gases such as hydrogen chloride.

• If PVC ignites, it releases dioxins, making it a danger in building fires.

• Is nonrecyclable and interferes with other plastic recycling.

Sources: HealthyBuilding.netInformeDesign.comNoHarm.org 








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today and save 50%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.