There are many plastic products on the market that can emit a strong odor… such as water containers, shower liners and curtains, mattress covers and vinyl items. And that smell that overpowers you is due to the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) releasing poisonous chemicals like mercury, dioxins and phthalates.
Because it’s waterproof and fire-retardant, PVC can also be found in clothing, raincoats, tote bags, insulation and frames for windows and doors.
PVC contains hundreds of toxic additives and these toxins can leach or evaporate out of the PVC materials posing dozens of health risks for children and adults. Toxic exposure may lead to:
- Respiratory irritation
- Liver and kidney damage
- Failure of your central nervous system
- Migraines or headaches
- Loss of coordination.
There are many action groups and organizations calling for stricter safeguards to protect the public from toxic exposure to PVC.
To reduce your chances, eliminate any suspicious items in your household or pantry immediately. Many manufacturers offer items produced from natural cotton or hemp that are safer for you and your family. Also, choose glass kitchen storage containers instead of plastic ware, or glass beverage pitchers instead of plastic bottles.