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PVC in Your Home: Where to Find It

Ubiquitous PVC
By Natural Home Staff
September/October 2004


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PVC is almost everywhere, especially in building materials and common home furnishings. More than 14 billion pounds of PVC are manufactured annually in North America; about 75 percent of it is used in construction materials.

Start looking, and you’ll find PVC in:

• Cables, wiring, junction boxes
• Carpet backing
• Toys
• Clothing (vinyl or “pleather”)
• Electrical wire insulation
• Flashing
• Flooring (cushion, sheet, and vinyl tiles)
• Flues
• Furniture (imitation leather, water beds, inflatable, outdoor)
• Gutters and down spouts
• Hoses
• Moldings
• Plastic food containers, bottles, and packaging
• Shades and blinds
• Siding
• Shower curtains
• Upholstery
• Vinyl wallpaper
• Water and sewage pipes
• Window and doorframes

Find PVC alternatives at HealthyBuilding.netCHECnet.orgGreenGuide.com, and GreenpeaceUSA.org.








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