PVC coated fabrics; the pro's and cons
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a popular thermoplastic polymer used in a wide range of applications, from building materials to coated fabrics. PVC is known for its durability, versatility, and low cost. But there is a downside.
To tell the honest story about PVC coated fabrics we've made a list with the pros and cons:
Pros of PVC:
- Durability: PVC coated fabric is strong and durable, making it ideal for use in a variety of applications. It is resistant to many chemicals and weather conditions, making it ideal for outdoor use.
- Versatility: PVC can be manufactured in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colours, making it suitable for many different applications. It can be moulded into a variety of shapes, and with the addition of plasticizers, into coated textiles and films.
- Low Cost: PVC is relatively inexpensive to produce, making it a popular choice for many applications.
- Energy Efficient: PVC is a good insulator, making it an excellent choice for use in building materials.
- Environmental Concerns: PVC is not biodegradable and releases harmful chemicals when it is incinerated. The plasticizers used in soft PVC will release toxic fumes during its life. The production of PVC also releases toxic chemicals into the environment.
- Health Risks: PVC can release toxic chemicals which can be harmful to human health. Exposure to these chemicals can cause developmental problems and other health issues.
- Recycling Challenges: PVC coated fabrics are difficult to recycle because it is a complex material made up of several different components that are hard to separate. The recycling process can also release harmful chemicals into the environment.
- Fire Risk: PVC can release toxic gases when it burns, which can be harmful to human health.
One of these developments is Rivercyclon®, a revolutionary range of non-toxic, lightweight, heat-sealable and 100% recyclable coated fabrics. Rivercyclon® can replace PVC coated fabrics at similar cost.
If PVC coated fabrics would be replaced by more sustainable alternatives like Rivercyclon® our reliance on non-renewable resources and pollution will be hugely reduced.
If you are interested and want to know more about Rivercyclon®, click here or contact us.