Reports on the Hazards of Vinyl, the Poison Plastic

The environmental and health threats posed by PVC’s production, use, and disposal are well documented in numerous reports.  Below you will find links to some of the most comprehensive sources on PVC’s toxic lifecycle.

Hidden Hazards: Toxic Chemicals Inside Children’s Vinyl Back-to-School Supplies

Did you know toxic phthalates may be in your children’s back-to-school supplies?  Our brand new report, Hidden Hazards: Toxic Chemicals Inside Children’s Vinyl Back-to-School Supplies found toxic chemicals linked to asthma and birth defects widespread in children’s vinyl back-to-school supplies. Seventy-five percent of children’s “back-to-school” supplies tested in a laboratory had elevated levels of toxic phthalates, including popular Disney, Spiderman, and Dora branded school supplies, such as vinyl lunchboxes, backpacks, 3-ring binders, raincoats, and rainboots.  The levels of phthalates found in children’s school supplies would be illegal if these products were toys. Just like toys, school supplies are used by young children that are uniquely vulnerable to chemical exposure.

Read the report and supporting materials.

Toxic Toys R Us: PVC Toxic Chemicals in Toys and Packaging

A new report by CHEJ and the Teamsters found that Toys “R” Us has broken its promises to rid their shelves of toxic PVC toys. The report, Toxic Toys R Us – PVC Toxic Chemicals in Toys and Packaging found over 70% of toys tested contained PVC, the most toxic plastic for our health and environment.

Read the report, and the news release. Learn more at www.toxictoysrus.org

Volatile Vinyl: The New Shower Curtain’s Chemical Smell

A new laboratory study commissioned by CHEJ found the familiar “new shower curtain smell” may be toxic to your health.  The study found one PVC shower curtain can release as many as 108 volatile organic chemicals into the air.  Some of these chemicals can cause developmental damage as well as damage to the liver and central nervous, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

Read the report and supporting materials.

PVC: Bad News Comes in 3′s
The Poison Plastic, Health Hazards and the Looming Waste Crisis

written by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice & the Environmental Health Strategy Center

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