Greenpeace USA has been active for several years in efforts to pressure manufacturers to stop using plastics containing PVC because their manufacturing processes consume approximately 30 percent of the chlorine used in industrial processes and release many other toxic chemicals, some of which accumulate in the body. In a strongly worded statement on their Web site, Greenpeace explains: “Few consumers realize that PVC is the single most environmentally damaging of all plastics. Since safer alternatives are available for virtually all uses of PVC, it is possible to protect human health and the environment by replacing and eventually phasing out this poison plastic.”1
If you do buy any plastic toys for your baby, look for products that are PVC free.
These companies have removed PVC from their products:2
If you aren’t sure if a product contains PVC, call the manufacturer’s 800 number, usually located on the bottom of the package label.