The replacement of harmful phthalate plasticizers in a growing array of vinyl products is fueling a new rebranding campaign in the vinyl industry. Clean-vinyl and Bio-vinyl are a few of the trade names at the forefront of this campaign to position phthalate-free vinyl as a breakthrough and advanced green product. HBN’s in-depth evaluation of the new phthalate-free formulations reveals that these claims are more than mere overstatements. They’re more greenwash from the vinyl...

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Phthalate-free Plasticizers in PVCThis Healthy Building Network (HBN) Research Brief examines replacements for phthalate plasticizers in Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) building materials. Plasticizers are added to PVC to make it flexible, but since they are not tightly bound to the PVC molecules, they migrate from PVC products. Phthalates, the most commonly used plasticizers in PVC, are known endocrine disruptors – chemicals that interfere with hormone signaling...

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Pharos ProjectThe Pharos Project is the most independent and comprehensive database for identifying health hazards associated with building products, and has succeeded in elevating the issues of human health and well-being to a top priority in the building industry. The Pharos Project encourages disclosure of chemical hazards in building products, helps architects, designers and engineering firms...

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