Exposure to the toxins emitted from PVC facilities can cause respiratory problems and other serious health issues. It has also been shown to increase the risk of developing cancer—especially in children. Learn more.


So many people were getting sick near PVC manufacturing plants that CNN sent its health reporter to cover the story. Learn more.


Those who drink water over many years containing vinyl chloride well in excess of the EPA’s maximum contaminant level—which is a miniscule 2 parts per billion—may have an increased risk of cancer. The major source of vinyl chloride leaching into drinking water is through PVC pipe. Learn more.


PVC plastic is very difficult to recycle—ending up in landfills or oceans or other natural habitats. As it decomposes, PVC releases toxic pollutants. Learn more.


Every day, firefighters put their lives on the line to protect us from danger. Some firefighting risks are easy to recognize – the fire itself or unstable structures. Other risks aren’t as visible but are equally dangerous, like the thousands of chemicals firefighters are exposed to from burning consumer products that contain PVC plastic, toxic flame retardants, and more.Learn more.


Cheap, flexible food containers are often made of PVC, and when microwaved, the heating process can leach toxins into the food. Learn more.


Toxins can leach directly from PVC garden hoses into water. Learn more.


According to the EPA, dioxins are highly toxic and can cause cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, damage to the immune system, and can interfere with hormones. Dioxin can get into drinking water from emissions from waste incineration and other combustion that get deposited into bodies of water; and discharges into water from chemical factories. The EPA sets the maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG) for dioxin at zero. The major sources of dioxin in drinking water are emissions from waste incineration and other combustion; and discharge from chemical factories.


Heat and humidity from hot water is likely to release toxins from PVC shower curtains, which we ingest by breathing. Learn more.