Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is one of the most commonly used thermoplastic polymers in the world. In fact, some would go so far as to say PVC is the world’s third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer, after polyethylene (PET) and polypropylene (PP).

In this two-part post we’ll help you get to know PVC just a little bit better. In part one of our post we’ll focus on what exactly it is and what it’s used for while part two will look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of this popular polymer.

Advantages of PVC
• It’s a low cost material
• It’s lightweight, making it easy to handle and install
• PVC is considered more sustainable when compared to PET and PP because it not dependent on natural gas or crude oil.
• It’s durable and not affected by degradation and corrosion.
• It can easily be recycled and turned into something else.
• It’s biocompatible.

Disadvantages of PVC
• PVC has been labelled the poison plastic because it releases toxins when manufactured, exposed to fire or disposed of in landfills.
• It has a very poor heat stability.
• Has been linked to health issues because of the toxins released during burning however these remain highly debatable.

Despite its shortcomings, PVC is a great material overall. It has a unique blend of qualities that make it particularly useful for the construction business.

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