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PVC Pipes and PFAS
PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, which is a widely used synthetic polymer manufactured and used at the rate of 40 million tons a year worldwide whose main application is as a conduit for water transportation.
Also known as “poison plastic,” PVC pipes are often constructed with per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals, which are toxic substances that, when used in PVC pipes, can poison your drinking water, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Plastic Pipes and Drinking Water
Most PVC found in homes and offices is white pipe that has been rated as suitable for the transportation of potable water. However, this type of PVC pipe degrades when exposed to sunlight and at higher temperatures, the plastic softens and releases constituent compounds into the surrounding air and water.
Some of the component chemicals, such as PFAS, which leach into the water supply, negatively impact living cells with concentrations of one part per trillion.
Is PVC the Most Toxic Plastic?
A 2008 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives  found a link between indoor PVC pipes and wheezing among preschool children. The study’s authors concluded that PVC is the most toxic plastic for human health and the environment, and is commonly found in schools. Children are uniquely vulnerable to chemical exposure from PFAS in PVC pipes.
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Are PVC Pipes Toxic to Children?
In addition to potentially containing PFAS forever chemicals, PVC products also contain mercury and asbestos, which the FDA has classified as known human carcinogens (cancer-causing substances). Children are at an increased risk for health complications from PVC exposure, as PVC is used to make toys, lunch boxes, backpacks, and more.
Is PVC Dangerous for Adults?
Because of the toxic PFAS chemicals released by PVC during its manufacturing process, use, and disposal, it can be a threat to the health of adults exposed to it. Toxins like phthalates and dioxins cause myriad illnesses such as hormonal imbalances, respiratory health effects, and in extreme cases, cancer.
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