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PVC facts

Phthalates are added to PVC to make it flexible. Studies of animals show that some of these chemicals are may cause cancer, kidney and reproductive system damage.

Both the manufacture and incineration of the substance result in dioxin – one of the deadliest man-made poisons. It’s also a cumulative toxin, which means it lingers in the body for a long time. Dioxin often concentrates in food chains at the highest levels in carnivores – including humans.

Burning PVC whether in incinerators, accidental open fires or casual burning is associated with the potential for hazardous substances to be released to air. 

Items made from PVC will retain their form for decades and the breakdown that occurs is just granulation – the pieces simply become smaller. Animals can ingest these pieces and the plastic can block their digestive tracts.

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