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PVC is:

  • Sparing of fossil fuels (nearly 60% of the PVC molecule is derived from sea salt)
  • Durable. Over 70% of PVC products are used in long life applications
    Resource: Vinyl 2010, The Voluntary Commitment of the PVC Industry, October 2001, a standard issued jointly by the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers, the European Plastics Converters, The European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates and the European Stabiliser Producers Association
  • Safe. It's non-toxic and does not degrade to give products, which are dangerous to human health.
  • Environmentally equal to or better than alternative materials according to life cycle analyses
  • Lower in cost compared to alternative materials. This makes them more available to the world's poor
  • Recyclable
    Resources: Vinyl 2010,
    The Voluntary Commitment of the PVC Industry, October 2001, a standard issued jointly by the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers, the European Plastics Converters, The European Council for Plasticisers and Intermedites and the European Stabiliser Producers Association, Vinyl Institute
  • Safe.
    Resources: Omnova Solutions, C. Everett Koop et al, "A Scientific Evaluation of Health Effects of Two Plasticizers Used in Medical Devices and Toys: A Report from the American Council on Science and Health," 1999
  • Safely incinerated or landfilled
    Resources: AZoM.com
  • Effective in conserving and protecting municipal water supplies
    Resources: Vinyl News Service
  • Most effective in preserving blood supplies
    Resources: Manojkumar, V,  Deepadevi, K V,  Arun, P,  Nair, K G Padmakumaran Indian Journal of Medical Research,  Apr 1999 , ECPI
  • A very small component (approx. 1%, by volume) of US landfills
    Resources: I. Mersiowsky, Journal of Vinyl & Additive Technology, 8, 36-44, 2002

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