Dangers of PVC and our pets

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

Why is PVC considered a bad plastic?

Polyvinyl Chloride / PVC / Vinyl, is almost everywhere we look, it is toxic in countless ways, yet it it is still not banned worldwide.


The manufacturing of PVC creates in large quantities, Chlorine, a toxic chemical that is near impossible to dispose of.


When PVC is burned (incinerators, fireplaces, landfills, it emits dioxin, a very toxic carcinogen. One ounce of PVC will contaminate the recycling of #1 plactic products.

Health Risks of Products

The production of PVC commonly has different chemicals added to harden, soften and stabilize the plastic. Some of the known toxic chemicals are:


Phylates are very common in PVC and are carcinogens. Because these Phthalates do not bind to the PVC, they leach out in the form of vapor, dust and particles when ingested are highly toxic. Phthalates are used in some but not all PVC formulations, and there are no specific labeling requirements for phthalates.

List of Phylates

Name Acronym Structural formula CAS No.
Dimethyl phthalate DMP C6H4(COOCH3)2 131-11-3
Diethyl phthalate DEP C6H4(COOC2H5)2 84-66-2
Diallyl phthalate DAP C6H4(COOCH2CH=CH2)2 131-17-9
Di-n-propyl phthalate DPP C6H4[COO(CH2)2CH3]2 131-16-8
Di-n-butyl phthalate DBP C6H4[COO(CH2)3CH3]2 84-74-2
Diisobutyl phthalate DIBP C6H4[COOCH2CH(CH3)2]2 84-69-5
Butyl cyclohexyl phthalate BCP CH3(CH2)3OOCC6H4COOC6H11 84-64-0
Di-n-pentyl phthalate DNPP C6H4[COO(CH2)4CH3]2 131-18-0
Dicyclohexyl phthalate DCP C6H4[COOC6H11]2 84-61-7
Butyl benzyl phthalate BBP CH3(CH2)3OOCC6H4COOCH2C6H5 85-68-7
Di-n-hexyl phthalate DNHP C6H4[COO(CH2)5CH3]2 84-75-3
Diisohexyl phthalate DIHxP C6H4[COO(CH2)3CH(CH3)2]2 146-50-9
Diisoheptyl phthalate DIHpP C6H4[COO(CH2)4CH(CH3)2]2 41451-28-9
Butyl decyl phthalate BDP CH3(CH2)3OOCC6H4COO(CH2)9CH3 89-19-0
Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate DEHP, DOP C6H4[COOCH2CH(C2H5)(CH2)3CH3]2 117-81-7
Di(n-octyl) phthalate DNOP C6H4[COO(CH2)7CH3]2 117-84-0
Diisooctyl phthalate DIOP C6H4[COO(CH2)5CH(CH3)2]2 27554-26-3
n-Octyl n-decyl phthalate ODP CH3(CH2)7OOCC6H4COO(CH2)9CH3 119-07-3
Diisononyl phthalate DINP C6H4[COO(CH2)6CH(CH3)2]2 28553-12-0
Di(2-Propyl Heptyl) phthalate DPHP C6H4[COOCH2CH(CH2CH2CH3)(CH2)4CH3]2 53306-54-0
Diisodecyl phthalate DIDP C6H4[COO(CH2)7CH(CH3)2]2 26761-40-0
Diundecyl phthalate DUP C6H4[COO(CH2)10CH3]2 3648-20-2
Diisoundecyl phthalate DIUP C6H4[COO(CH2)8CH(CH3)2]2 85507-79-5
Ditridecyl phthalate DTDP C6H4[COO(CH2)12CH3]2 119-06-2
Diisotridecyl phthalate DIUP C6H4[COO(CH2)10CH(CH3)2]2 68515-47-9

Table from wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phthalate

Choose plastics with the recycling code 1, 2 or 5. Recycling codes 3 and 7 are more likely to contain bisphenol A or phthalates.