Jan 03, 2018
by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée
PVC (polyvinyl chloride), also known as vinyl, is used to make countless products that fill our closets, shelves and homes. As a durable, strong, waterproof material PVC has become hugely popular in furniture, clothing, shoes, sports equipment, bags, medical equipment, building materials, credit cards, balls, bouncy castles, wall decals, window clings, packaging and so much more. It’s everywhere. While products made from PVC are the norm in our society, the health effects are anything but normal. PVC has been found to be the most toxic type of plastic on the market today. (1)
PVC is an odorless and solid plastic that is made of a complex chemical formula. Below is a summary of key chemicals often used in PVC.
The effects of these, and other chemicals, can influence children’s health even more than adults. With more biological vulnerability and more contact with chemicals, children should be more protected from these chemicals. PVC products such as teethers, toys, bibs, and rattles inevitably end up in their mouth multiple times per day. The number of children’s products made with PVC doesn’t stop there.
Many products that are used by, and specifically made for, children are made from PVC or vinyl. Among them are:
At first it may seem impossible to choose products with less PVC, especially for children. The convenience of a durable, light weight, waterproof product that is easily washable is significant for parents. But PVC alternatives are available and can be just as valuable to children.
PVC is used to make so many products that we use everyday and is convenient to find. It can be tough to leave that convenience behind. While adults and children alike are affected by the harmful chemicals in PVC, small children are most at risk. This makes children’s products a good place to start getting rid of the PVC in your home. Products made from natural materials such as organic cotton and solid hardwood are good alternatives to products made of PVC. Be sure to look for materials that are dyed, stained, painted and finished with natural ingredients. Choose health over convenience. Someday your children will thank you.
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