PVC the new asbestos ?

Design Health Sustainability

“According to a new whitepaper report by Perkins+Will, “What’s New (and What’s Not) With PVC,” in spite of recent advances in plastic chemistry PVC is still responsible for a range of environmental and human health hazards created in multiple stages of its manufacturing process.”

I have often maintained, with my disdain on PVC windows and cladding, that PVC would one day be a health risk the same way asbestos is now understood.

While the risks with PVC are very different, I challenge why, as an industry, we cannot simply revert to natural, renewable and sustainably sourced materials…?


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