PVC: What is it, How is it Made, and What is it Used For?

21 Nov.,2022

 

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In some cases, high temperatures, high water pressure, and exposure to UV light can degrade the quality of PVC pipes and make the water unsafe to drink.

Can PVC cause cancer?

Not directly. However, when it’s burned, it releases harmful chemicals like dioxin, which is a carcinogen. These chemicals are harmful to human health.

Also, factory workers who make polyvinyl chloride are at risk of getting cancer through inhalation of the chemicals.

Is PVC banned in Europe?

No. PVC is not banned in Europe. However, the EU Commission is considering a bill to ban all plastic packaging, due to plastic’s negative environmental effects and threats to human health.

What can I use instead of PVC?

PVC can be substituted by substances like glass, ceramics, cast iron, rubber, and silicon. The choice is often based on opting for more environmentally friendly materials.

Is PVC eco-friendly?

We won’t lie to you – it’s not the most eco friendly of materials. During its production, use, and disposal, PVC can prove to be a menace to the environment. It is non-biodegradable, lasting in the environment for up to 40 years.

Chemicals like dioxins and phthalates are released during the life cycle of PVC. These can be harmful to all aspects of the environment — air, water, land, and living creates.

That being said, there are ways to make it more eco friendly such as using natural oils rather than coal, not using harmful additives like phthalates, and recycling the material rather than throwing it away.

How is PVC disposed of?

PVC is disposed of by incineration, recycling, or burying. The most practical and eco friendly way to dispose of PVC is through recycling.

Recycling can be done through sorting by hand, or these days, using machines. The recycled PVC retains its original composition. This process is known as mechanical recycling.

Another way of recycling PVC is through decomposition using heat and recycling the remains into other products. This is called feedstock recycling.

Does heating PVC weaken it?

Yes, it does. When you heat PVC or expose it to high temperatures, it will start to degrade because it has low heat stability. When it’s exposed to temperatures above 212 degrees Fahrenheit, it begins to lose its strong structure.

To maintain PVC’s integrity and promote longevity try to keep PVC in areas with moderate temperatures.

Does PVC get brittle with age?

Yes. As its life cycle progresses, PVC becomes weaker and more prone to breakage. This is mainly a result of chemical decomposition over time.

PVC also gets brittle when exposed to cold temperatures because its molecular bonds weaken. Extreme external stresses such as bending and lack of support also lead to breakage.

Is PVC clothing safe to wear?

Yes. PVC and other plastics have long been used in the manufacturing process of some clothing items such as raincoats, skirts, pants, and jackets.

Is PVC smell toxic?

No. The normal PVC smell is not toxic. However, when it’s burned, it does release toxic chemicals.

Can I put PVC in my recycling bin?

You can, but it’s wise to check with your local recycling department first. PVC is a very difficult material to recycle and it contaminates already recycled plastics because of its unique chemical components.

However, some recycling plants take in PVC waste to make it into something new.

Other materials used in rug pads

As great as PVC rug pads are, PVC is not the only material we use to make our high-quality products. We also use:

Felt fabric

Felt is a mix of different fibers that can be compressed or matted into one fabric. The blend can consist of organic fibers like cotton or synthetic fibers like nylon.

Felt fabric makes for a great rug pad because of its density and the comfort it provides. It also protects floors from dents and scratches from heavy furniture.

Natural rubber

Natural rubber generally outperforms synthetic non-slip rug pad materials in gripping capacity, breathability, and safety for the floor.