The production of PVC is significantly more harmful to the environment than any other plastic, and not only because they are not recyclable. The process of making PVC plastics involves the fusing of chloride molecules — derived from petroleum — with heavy toxic metals like lead and cadmium. ~ Video
These toxins stabilize and plasticize PVC, but because of their use and the chemical properties of chlorine, byproducts of PVC production tend to be significantly more toxic and persistent in the ecosystem, traveling up the food chain to people. As the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice notes, PVC plastic is unique in its risks to health and environment.
No other plastic contains as harmful substances, or as hazardous byproducts, as PVC plastic.
· These toxins are building up in water, air and the food chain.
· The results: severe health problems, including cancer, immune system damage, and hormone disruption.
· No one can escape contamination.
· Everyone, everywhere has measurable levels of chlorinated toxins in their bodies.
The PVC industry has been plagued by workers health and safety issues for decades. Many industries are aware of what PVC is doing to people but they are doing nothing to stop the use and production of PVC. When PVC is burned it gives off toxic hydrogen chloride gas which turns into hydrochloric acid on contact with moisture within our lungs.
PVC alternatives are available and are safer for us and the environment.Not at all, its production is beginning of a lifecycle of deadly destruction.
CHEJ (The Center for Health, Environment and Justice) coordinates a national campaign working to phase out PVC, the most dangerous plastic to our health and environment. In the past two years, we have successfully moved major Fortune 500 companies away from this unnecessary toxic plastic and towards safer and healthier alternatives.
Dow Chemical running from responsibility for poisoning around the world, including Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana:
And then there are the chemicals added to PVC:Phthalates, a family of industrial chemicals used to soften PVC plastic and as solvents in cosmetics and other consumer products, can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system — particularly the developing testes — according to animal studies.
Medical devices made of flexible PVC, such as IV bags and tubing, can leach the phthalate DEHP into patients, resulting in some of the highest exposures to this toxic chemical.
Beauty Secrets: The Dangers Of Phthalates: Industry Spin vs. Fact:
Deborah Cadbury, The Assault on the Male, BBC Horizon film:
“The Gender Benders: Are environmental ‘hormones’ emasculating wildlife?,” first in a two part series, Janet Raloff, Science News, January 8, 1994, pg. 24 http://www.sciencenews.org/pages/sn_edpik/ls_7.htm
Foreword to The Feminization of Nature: Our Future at Risk by Deborah Cadbury (London: Hamish Hamilton [Penguin], 1997) ISBN 0-14-026205-9 http://www.dhushara.com/book/renewal/voices2/femn.htm
Multiple grassroots organizations of consumers have spoken out about the hazards of PVC plastic. These organizations include the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, the Grassroots Recycling Network, Greenpeace, and even include a feature film on the dangers of PVC plastic, Blue Vinyl. Each organization has a compendium of resources and information about PVC plastic, and events and actions organized to halt the use of PVC plastic in everyday consumer items.
Opposition continues to grow to the use of this incredibly harmful material in our everyday lives.
December 29, 2012 – GeorgeWeatherby