Vinyl and Why to Avoid It - dummies

By Eric Corey Freed

When you think of vinyl, you may think fondly of your old vinyl LP records. But the truth about vinyl is less romantic. Though it’s one of the most common synthetic materials, vinyl is the worst plastic from an environmental health perspective, posing great environmental and health hazards in its manufacture, product life, and disposal.

Known as the poison plastic, vinyl, also referred to as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is a type of plastic polymer made from petroleum, and is linked to numerous rare cancers occurring in the factory workers in and in neighborhoods surrounding the production plants.

Approximately 75 percent of all PVC manufactured is used in construction materials. It creeps into all sorts of unlikely building products.

For more information on vinyl, check out the award-winning documentary Blue Vinyl, which provides an insightful and often funny look at vinyl.