The Dangers of PVC in Plastics and Other Household Products


Vinyl or polyvinyl chloride,
(PVC) is the most hazardous plastic from a health and an environmental stand point. Yet it is the ‘evil’ that has found a way of crawling into every other house item from children’s toys, to building materials and even food packaging.

Why PVC is Extremely Toxic

According to Health Organizations Agency for Research and Cancer (IARC), the chemical used in making PVC (vinyl chloride) has been categorized as a human carcinogen. Manufacturing companies that produce PVCs put both its workers and people living around the company at risk as a result of exposing them to chemicals that pollute their air, soils, and even water.

Another carcinogenic compound that is caused by the incineration and manufacture of PVC is dioxins. This substance can cause a wide range of health effects that developmental and learning delays, diabetes, endometriosis, birth defects, immune system abnormalities and even cancer. Scientists have determined one strain of dioxin as the most potent carcinogen that was ever tested.

PVC also contains toxic additives which are also substances that when you use everyday could also greatly impact your health.

How Does One Get Exposed to These Dioxins?

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