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Two Independent Critiques Of Vinyl Building Materials Link Flooring & Asthma, Reproductive Problems & PVC Combustion

Bill Walsh | November 01, 2004 | Materials

The Swedish National Testing and Research Institute[1] states as its mission "to contribute to growth and competitiveness of industry as well as to safety, conservation of resources and a good environment in society." This might explain the interest generated by the Institute's recent study published in the October issue of the journa...


Building As If Breathing Mattered: PVC'S Contribution To Asthma

Niaz Dorry | August 11, 2004 | Materials

To breathe, I have to take way too many medicines today - each with their side effects. I'm an adult. Imagine a child having to wade through all the symptoms and medicines associated with asthma. Many factors contribute to the development and aggravation of asthma. However, I am wondering whether the installation of PVC flooring in my bathroom...


The New Summer Blockbuster: European PVC Lifecycle Analysis ~ The Prequel

Bill Walsh | June 15, 2004 | Materials

This summer's offering in the long running serial-action- drama series known as the PVC Debate comes from Europe. The new release, "Life Cycle Assessment of PVC and of Principal Competing Materials" by a consulting consortium led by PE Europe GmbH, is being hyped by PVC manufacturers as a blockbuster prequel to the much anticipated ep...


Its Vinyl Burned, Armstrong Can Make Green Flooring Become A Reality

Bill Walsh | May 17, 2004 | Materials

Armstrong World Industries’ motto is "Your Ideas Become Reality." Here’s the Healthy Building Network’s idea for how Armstrong can turn tragedy into progress, transform the resilient flooring market, and rehabilitate its greenwashing reputation. Armstrong was a major customer of the Formosa Plastics vinyl plant in Illiop...


Fireballs in the Night Sky, Death by a Thousand Cuts

Sandra Steingraber | May 03, 2004 | Materials

Lessons From The Formosa PVC Plant, Illiopolis, Illinois One morning ten years ago, I was at work on a book about environmental health when the phone rang. It was my Uncle Roy. He wanted me to know that a developer had come to town peddling a plan to construct a giant waste incinerator in the cornfield next to his own. What the man was planning to...