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PVC Irrigation Alternative

November 11th, 2010  |  Published in Environmentally Friendly Products

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What is PVC?

Simply put, PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) is a material formed by combining plastic and vinyl polymers.  The result is a durable, flexible and long-lasting material that has found its way into nearly every sector of manufacturing including construction materials, electronics, piping, clothing, food packaging, and many more. As landscapers and gardeners in a warm-weather climate, we install miles of PVC pipe to carry and distribute our irrigation water.

To the general public, PVC is so common that it must be seen as benign.  However, the vast majority of Americans are unaware of the volatile status surrounding the health and environmental impacts of the manufacture, use, and disposal of PVC.  In recent years, a number of studies in the US and abroad have found links between the manufacture and use of PVC with serious health effects. In addition, many of the byproducts of manufacture are toxic and are bio accumulative (meaning they are fat soluable and may work up through the food chain similar to mercury in predatory fish and mammals in the ocean). Read the rest of this entry »