There has been a great deal of controversy about the extensive use of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic, which is commonly known as vinyl, to make things were are exposed to daily. Greenpeace says that PVC is one of the most toxic substances saturating our planet and its inhabitants. In a news release on Oct. 24, 2013, Alpha Galileo reported, "PVC as flooring material in childhood is related to asthma 10 years later."
It has been observed that children who had PVC floorings in the bedroom were more likely to develop asthma during the following 10 year period in comparison with children living without such flooring material. There were also indications that PVC flooring in the parents’ bedrooms were more strongerly associated with the new cases of asthma in comparison with child's bedroom. This may be an indication that prenatal exposure is significant.
Phthalates, which are normally released to the surrounding environment, are found in soft PVC. Phthalates belongs to a group of chemicals which have suspected endocrine disrupting properties that may impact on several chronic diseases such as asthma and allergy. This is therefore another study which indicates health risks related to exposure for chemicals with suspected endocrine disrupting properties, such as phthalates, or products that contain such compounds.
This study along with others suggests that PVC flooring and phthalate exposure in early life is a risk for asthma later in life. There are safer alternatives available for virtually all uses of PVC. It is therefore
possible to protect human health and the environment by replacing and eventually phasing out this poison plastic.