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What Can We Use Instead Of PVC

PVC alternatives

One of the most widely-used types of plastics is polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It’s a relatively inexpensive and versatile plastic. However, PVC is one of the most toxic substances saturating the planet and its inhabitants. Throughout its life-cycle (production, usage, and disposal), PVC contaminates the environment and humans. It is possible to protect the environment and human health by replacing and eventually phasing out this poison plastic with safer alternatives. Companies are increasingly looking for materials that will allow them to express their business environmental concerns in the search for ecological solutions. Alternatives that have been available to suppliers have begun to appear on the market. Some of these substitutes for PVC include;


  • BioPaper cards

PVC can be replaced with safer materials as consumers are increasingly demanding PVC-free products. Outweighing the shortcomings of PVC cards, BioPaper cards are eco-friendly, heat resistant, and waterproof. The cards are safe for human use as BioPaper is a woodless paper manufactured from natural resource, which is chemical and toxic-free. BioPaper cards are environmentally friendly all through their life cycle as its main raw materials are calcium carbonate. These raw materials are 100% naturally derived, therefore, it’s a pollution-free material. Also, the cards will not freeze and become hard when exposed to extremely low temperatures.

  • Recycled PVC

To greatly reduce the environmental impact of PVC, 100% recycled plastic is a great alternative to PVC. This material guarantees durability and equivalent print quality. RPVC has contributed greatly to the reduction of plastic landfills as it minimizes the production of new PVC. This material can be customized like PVC and is very compatible. RPVC requires less energy which helps to conserve natural resources, promotes a sustainable lifestyle, eases the demand on fossil fuel consumption, reduces resource depletion, and wastage without significant loss of performance. Products made from recycled PVC can be recycled multiple times without any indication of damage to its structure.

  • BioPVC cards

Practical alternatives like BioPVC cards have been developed. Nexqo takes the credit for having a degradable PVC material that is environmentally friendly. Even though the price is slightly higher, BioPVC cards are way more eco-friendly than PVC cards. BioPVC can be placed in a fertile environment, thrown into a landfill or a compost pile and it will degrade naturally. For the use of non-degradable plastics, BioPVC cards are environmentally friendly that are made of PVC and additives that will expedite the degradation.


  • Metal alternatives

Not only can the metal pipes be made in many different sizes but also they last a long time as they are easily sealed. Copper and stainless steel are the two most common metal pipes. They are free of PVC elements and are the most traditional option for plumbing. Stainless steel pipes are very rust resistant and tend to be more leak-free.

  • Clay and concrete

Concrete pipes are durable for irrigation and drainage. These pipes are very strong and have a higher durability rating even though they are more vulnerable to weather damage than other options. These pipes can be used for simple water systems like waste disposal since they are not strong enough to be used indoors.


PVC can be substituted with traditional safer materials in such as glass, linoleum, clay, and ceramics.


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