Poor PVC pipe. It’s had a rough go of it lately. As more and more people learn about the toxic nature of this plastic product, they increasingly avoid having it in their homes. Major retailers are encouraging their vendors to stop using plastic in their packaging. And a National Institute of Health Tox Town report singles out this chemical for caution. From the report:
“You can be exposed to PVC by eating food or drinking water contaminated with it. At home, you can be exposed to PVC if you have PVC pipes, vinyl flooring, or other consumer products made with PVC. You can be exposed if your home has vinyl siding or if you are building or renovating your home. Exposure may occur through food packaging and containers or “shrink wrapped” packages.
“Exposure to PVC often includes exposure to phthalates, which are used to soften PVC and may have adverse health effects. Because of PVC’s heavy chlorine content, dioxins are released during the manufacturing, burning, or landfilling of PVC. Exposure to dioxins can cause reproductive, developmental, and other health problems, and at least one dioxin is classified as a carcinogen.”
But such is the plight of the Vinyl Institute – to convince people that PVC is safe. Top flak Richard Doyle has a piece in Real Clear Policy that uses scary words and phrases to attack Ductile Iron Pipe. It’s a shame, really, because when facts are on your side, you don’t need to obfuscate the issue as Doyle is trying to do. You should be able to find good things to say about your product instead of coming up with bad things to say about your competition.
Fact: Ductile Iron Pipe is more durable, more resilient, and a more trustworthy product. PVC is not an acceptable alternative to Ductile Iron Pipe.
Fact: Ductile Iron Pipe costs less in the long run. Its durability and resilience make it the right choice for the long service lives that utilities want and need from their pipelines.
Fact: It costs less to pump water through Ductile Iron Pipe than through PVC pipe, which is a savings in energy, and a savings in dollars.
At the rate the Vinyl Institute is going, they’re going to be on Santa’s naughty list for years to come for spreading bad information in an effort to mislead consumers.