Toymakers' PVC fear

David Knott London In Europe, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been phased out for food contact applications, but now the anti-PVC lobby has turned on the toy industry. Environmental group Greenpeace said, "The production and disposal of PVC causes large quantities of carcinogenic and hormone-disrupting chemicals to be released to the environment. These include dioxin, phthalates, vinyl chloride, and ethylene dichloride, as well as cadmium, lead, mercury, other heavy metals, and organochlorines." While 18 million metric tons of PVC are produced globally each year, Greenpeace said the product is on the way out. Many countries have banned or r...

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