PVC: plastic that is harmful to health

One of the greatest risks to human health occurs when PVC is used in pipes that carry water or in containers and bottles. According to a study conducted by Greenpeace, PVC emanates a carcinogenic substance known as vinyl chloride, which migrates from plastic to liquid, especially when the material is subjected to temperature changes. People can ingest the substance without realizing it. Incineration of plastics such as PVC also releases carcinogenic substances.
It is not ecological and the composition and manufacturing process of this plastic product, one of the most used in the world, is extremely harmful to the environment. Basically, it can be considered an environmental poison, as it forms organochlorine substances when burned, emitting dioxins into the environment. Therefore, it is of great environmental toxicity.
Numerous studies attribute a worrying toxicity to PVC. According to a study by The center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ)is responsible for many types of cancer and birth defects. Numerous companies have considered reducing its use, or even eliminating it from production processes. According to CHEJ, the "PVC is hazardous to humans and the entire ecosystem throughout its life cycle, from factory, to use, to disposal.".

In Europe more than 300 municipalities and provinces, mostly German, Austrian, Belgian, Swedish and French, have some form of restriction on the use of PVC.

The Swedish Parliament decided, by law, to phase it out. Before it adopted such a measure, this material had already been abandoned by some Swedish industries, in response to strong pressure from consumers and the general public. Germany and Austria suspended its use in the construction of public buildings. The pressure exerted by countries like Sweden has led the Spanish Senate to ask the government to reduce the use of PVC. Greenpeace hopes that PVC will be history before the beginning of the 21st century. " Only by informing the citizens of the planet will we be able to eliminate the world's poisons," said Lisa Finaldi, a representative of the organization.
Greenpeace affirms that no PVC manufacturer informs about the risk of using it, as part of its campaign. According to the organization, all the uses of PVC are easily substituted by other products and materials such as glass, rubber, metal, wood or other plastics such as PET.

WHAT IS PET?

Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is a PVC-free, zero-emission plastic material. It is produced from petroleum or methane and can always be recycled. Plastic water bottles, for example, are made from PET and, as we know, are 100% recyclable, thus contributing to eco-sustainability. PET surfaces are produced in different thicknesses and then undergo a nanotechnological process that makes them resistant.

CHARACTERISTICS OF PET
- impermeable to water and water-based liquids
- are stain resistant
- are fairly impact resistant
- are available in various glossy or opaque colours
- are economical

However, it is advisable to always turn on the hood or extractor fan when using the stove or cooktop during extended cooking sessions or if cooking foods that release a large amount of steam.

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