Thursday, February 14, 2008

PVC: The Poison Plastic VIDEO

Recycle # 3.
PVC (Polyvinyl chloride, also known as vinyl), poses risks to both the environment and human health. PVC is also the least recyclable plastic.

Vinyl chloride manufacturing creates air and water pollution near the factories, often located in low-income neighborhoods.

needs additives and stabilizers to make it useable. LEAD is often added for strength, while plasticizers are added for flexibility. These toxic additives contribute to further pollution and human exposure.

in air emissions from PVC manufacturing and disposal or from incineration of PVC products settles on grasslands and accumulates in meat and dairy products and ultimately in human tissue. Dioxin is a known carcinogen.

Low-level exposures are associated with decreased birth weight, learning and behavioral problems in children, suppressed immune function and disruption of hormones in the body.

Center for Health, Environment and Justice
The Campaign for Safe, Healthy Consumer Products

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