Green Chemist: “The whole life cycle of PVC is a nightmare.”


Photo: Metropolis Magazine POV blog.

Metropolis Magazine’s POV blog has run a fascinating interview with Michael Braungart, the green chemist and co-author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.  The interview (and book!) is definitely worth checking out.

Here’s our favorite quote from the interview:

JF: In a recent roundtable discussion with San Francisco environmentalists, you criticized the use of PVC in green buildings. What’s wrong with it?

MB: I was in platinum LEED-certified building, for example, and this building contains recycled PVC. But the material PVC was never made to be recycled. It’s like making the wrong things perfect. Recycling PVC just makes things perfectly wrong. Recycling of the wrong stuff makes an even bigger problem out of it. There is not one good reason to put PVC in a green building. The whole life cycle of PVC is a nightmare.

The whole life cycle of PVC is a nightmare.  There you have it folks!  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.