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Re: Parents Against PVC Toys
An even more serious issue is the leaching of Vinyl Chloride
monomer (VC) from PVC, especially when new. The characteristic
"plastic" aroma of PVC when new (e.g., new cars, plastic
window shades, shower curtains, etc.) is VC monomer. (It is
not, as previously suggested, due to plasticizers. They are
pretty vile, but do not have the characteristic odor of VC).
I don't think anybody (in govt or otherwise)
has addressed this issue before, except for
an apparent ban or withdrawal
(with little fanfare) of PVC
bottles for beverages.
When confirmed with hard data, this is a powerful argument
for banning of all uses of PVC for children's toys, and
perhaps for other uses as well, since VC is classed as
a proven human carcinogen.
In my opinion, anyone with small children should
remove ALL PVC toys from the household (and
recycle wisely to avoid incineration).
PS Alex, you are correct about TCE being the main
source of VC monomer in landfills, though according
to the book Toxics A to Z natural
outgassing of PVC is a significant source of VC.
From: Kaltofen@aol.com <Kaltofen@aol.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wednesday, November 12, 1997 2:08 PM
Subject: Re: Parents Against PVC Toys
>Are the use and loss of lead and cadmium unique to PVC products? How about
>the same question for phthalate plasticizers? As a father of a two year
>I am extremely interested in an answer to this question.