(PVC) Polyvinyl Chloride is a flexible and durable plastic used to make a wide variety of products such as cable coatings and packaging materials. Made from long chains of Vinyl Chloride, a colorless gas, with a mild sweet odor. It is a manufactured substance that does not occur naturally. It can be formed when other substances such as trichloroethane, trichloroethylene, and tetrachloroethylene are broken down.
What do the experts say?
Vinyl Chloride mainly exists in a gaseous state. You may be exposed to it by breathing it, which is why manufacturing and processing plants that use this material are the most vulnerable to its effects. It can contaminate the air and water, especially surrounding these manufacturing sites and some landfills.
According to the CDC, when Vinyl Chloride enters your skin it can enter the bloodstream and may affect the liver by breaking down into other harmful chemicals. Exposure to large amounts can cause dizziness, and liver and lung damage. No testing has been done to measure damage done by ingestion. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has determined that vinyl chloride is a
known carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that vinyl
chloride is carcinogenic to people, and EPA has determined that vinyl chloride is a human