PVC (Vinyl) Products
Environmental & Health Information
- PVC usually contains phthalates as softening agents. Some phthalates are probable cancer-causing chemicals, disrupt endocrine systems and have reproductive effects - particularly on men.
- PVC sometimes contains lead, a bioaccumulative heavy metal that can cause reproductive problems, high blood pressure and hypertension, and various nerve disorders.
- PVC releases cancer-causing dioxins during manufacture and disposal. Dioxins are a group of chemically-related compounds that are persistent environmental pollutants, which accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals. Dioxins can cause a variety of adverse health effects at extremely low doses, including reproductive and developmental problems, impaired immune systems, interference with hormones and also cause cancer.
- PVC is the least recyclable plastic (recycling number 3). (Read more)