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What’s The Difference Between PVC And PVC-Free?

pvc vs pvc-free

Polyvinyl chloride commonly known as PVC plastic is the most widely-used plastic in the world. PVC is used for everyday items, toys, infrastructure, health care, homewares, plumbing, electronics, and more! PVC is one of the most toxic materials found on the planet and in efforts to combat the effects of PVC, PVC-free materials are now on the rise. So, what’s the difference between these two?



PVC is widely used because it’s inexpensive, a strong polymer, and versatile material. It is also durable and lightweight which makes it an attractive material for plumbing and construction. However, from its production, usage, and disposal, it leaves a lasting impact on the earth. The manufacturing process for PVC fabrics requires the manufacture of toxic and carcinogenic components. Chemicals used in the production process of the fabric can leach out when exposed to extreme heat. PVC is difficult to recycle and throughout its lifecycle, it releases toxins that build up in the food chain, air, and water. The result is severe health problems including cancer, hormone disruption, and immune system damage. PVC creates toxic pollution in the form of dioxins because of its high chlorine content. Dioxin is the most toxic chemical produced and there is no safe level of dioxin exposure. Also, exposure to PVC often includes exposure to phthalates which have serious health effects. Due to high energy consumption and CO2 gas emissions, PVC production has a high potential for global warming than other plastics. Other than environmental and health repercussions, PVC is also difficult to recycle and its production is hazardous. The harmful effects of PVC production are felt everywhere across the globe.




It is possible to protect the environment and human health by replacing and eventually phasing out PVC plastic with safer alternatives. In the search for ecological solutions, companies are increasingly looking for materials that allow them to express their business environmental concerns. Some of these substitutes are PVC-free materials and products. PVC-free materials are highly recommended because;

Production of PVC involves cancer-causing chemicals
Children are more at risk from toxic chemicals
PVC and other hazardous chemicals are in our bodies
PVC products often contain toxic additives such as lead and phthalates

PVC-free products can be made from other materials including; wood, glass, natural fiber, bio paper, stainless steel, bamboo, bagasse, pottery, and other ceramics. Products made from PVC-free materials are recyclable, non-toxic, environmental-friendly, durable, and have led to a decrease in carbon footprint. The use of PVC-free products doesn’t affect the health of all who come in contact with the product. PVC-free materials are the best alternative to PVC because they are sustainable, healthy, and safe.



PVC-free alternatives have been available to suppliers for some time. Globally, the use of PVC plastic has caused environmental and health concerns. Due to this, PVC-free materials are now a by-product of this shift and their use is now giving companies a way to reduce plastic pollution. PVC-free products are not only easier to eliminate but also safer for the environment.


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