Why Companies Are Choosing To Avoid PVC Materials in their Tradeshow Booths and Banner Stands May 26 2017
PVC or Polyvinyl Chloride plastics are odorless, solid plastics widely used to make pipes, pipe fittings, pipe conduits, vinyl flooring, and vinyl siding as well as many other types of common construction materials, medical devices and consumer products. PVC materials are cheap and have a wide range of applications, however they also have a wide range of toxic side effects. According to Greenpeace, PVC is THE single most environmentally damaging type of plastic. 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.
PVC is made from vinyl chloride, which is listed as a human carcinogen in the Fourteenth Report on Carcinogens published by the National Toxicology Program. Dioxins, phthalates, and BPA are suspected to be endocrine disruptors, which are chemicals that may interfere with the production or activity of hormones in the human endocrine system. TCDD dioxin is listed as a human carcinogen, and di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate is listed as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen" in the Fourteenth Report on Carcinogens published by the National Toxicology Program.
Unfortunately, due to the wide range of applications for PVC plastic in construction materials, medical devices and consumer products, the amount of toxic carcinogens we are exposed to is more than significant, it is hurting us, our kids and all living things! Especially for companies that embrace sustainable business practices and want to reduce the negative impacts of their business on the environment, eliminating the use of PVC plastics is an important step towards that goal.
This is one of the reasons Boothster was founded, to help companies build attractive, custom tradeshow booths that promote their brand using sustainable and recyclable materials and building practices. From reusable, green tradeshow banner stands to fully recyclable custom tradeshow booth designs, Boothster is committed to helping companies eliminate the use of wasteful, harmful materials like PVC in their tradeshow booths, signage and promotional materials. If you are interested in how Boothster can help your company with a sustainable custom booth design at your next tradeshow, fill out our contact form today!