Canada Free Press – December 13, 2007
Recent activist attacks on PVC: Annual Christmas enviro scaremongering
December 13, 2007
by Patrick Moore
Recent activist attacks on PVC, one of the most sustainable, useful and affordable plastics available, are without any basis in scientific fact and could hurt consumers by forcing retailers to adopt the use of riskier, less affordable materials, Greenpeace co-founder and former leader Dr. Patrick Moore says.
“Environmental Defense and other anti-PVC activists are engaged in a fear-mongering campaign that’s attempting to convince retailers like Sears to de-select PVC without a shred of scientific evidence,” said Moore, a Greenpeace co-founder and Chairman and Chief Scientist, Greenspirit Strategies Ltd..
PVC is commonly known as vinyl or polyvinyl chloride. It has recently come under attack by Environmental Defence Canada.
“It’s completely unacceptable for these activists to call PVC ‘toxic’ when PVC’s effects on health and the environment have been investigated at every stage from manufacture through use and on to final disposal – in all cases vinyl has been shown to be safe and environmentally sound,” said Moore.
“The most rigorous risk assessment ever undertaken by the European Union on plasticizers used to make PVC flexible was conducted over 10 years, and concluded these widely used additives should not be classified as hazardous and pose no risks to either human health or the environment from their current use,” said Moore.
“Anti-PVC activists are pushing retailers toward untested, less affordable and potentially riskier materials and that’s bad news for Canadian consumers,” said Moore.
“PVC is one of the most thoroughly tested plastics available. Because it is easily cleaned, affordable, durable and safe, PVC has many important applications,” said Moore.
“The best way to deliver affordable, safe drinking water is through a PVC pipe. The best way to insulate electrical wiring is with a PVC coating. In hospitals, floors and wall coverings use PVC widely. PVC is a durable, cost-effective siding for buildings because of its low maintenance and long life. Building with PVC saves on energy and material costs,” said Moore.
“Alternatives simply don’t match the safety, affordability and flexibility of PVC,” said Moore. “That’s why PVC continues to be a very popular choice in many applications,” he said.
For more information:
Dr. Patrick Moore, Phone: 604-681-4122