Michael Schade: Hi, my name is Michael Schade. I am a PVC Campaign Coordinator with Center for Health, Environment & Justice. Today we are here to talk about PVC plastic also known as vinyl, where it is found and why you should be concerned.
Host: What is PVC?
Michael Schade: PVC is a commonly used plastic. It is one of the most commonly used plastics in the world. It's used in everything from building material such as flooring and siding to consumer products such as children's toys, vinyl shower curtains and packaging. PVC is the worst plastic for our health and environment. There is no safe way to manufacture it, there is no safe way to use it and there is no safe way to dispose off it. When PVC is manufactured and released into the environment, extremely toxic chemicals are used and released in its life cycle. These chemicals include vinyl chloride, a known human carcinogen, dioxins, some of the most toxic chemicals to the mankind, phthalates, lead, organotins and other health problems. So when you manufacture PVC or vinyl products, workers and communities that either are either are at these plants or live nearby are exposed to these unnecessary harmful chemicals. When consumers use vinyl products in their home they can be exposed to highly harmful chemicals such as phthalates that leach out of vinyl products when they are used. Finally, there is no safe way to dispose a vinyl product. When you dump PVC in an incinerator, dioxins are released into the environment. If you tried to dispose the PVC in landfills, toxic chemicals such as phthalates can leach out and contaminate the ground water. So again, there is no safe way to manufacture, there is no safe way to use and there is no safe way to dispose the vinyl products.