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PVC Flutes
are hazardous to humans.


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We used to make PVC flutes, but after we did some research we stopped making them. Please read the information on our page regarding the hazards of PVC.

If you own a
PVC flute, throw it away before it can give you cancer or cause liver damage.

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 PVC
is DANGEROUS !!!


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Vinyl Chloride in your drinking water is hazardous to humans !!!
EPA ~ United States Environmental Protection Agency
http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/vinyl-chloride.cfm

"How does vinyl chloride get into my drinking water?
The major sources of vinyl chloride in drinking water are leaching from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping; and discharge from plastics factories."

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The Compound DEHP used in PVC is hazardous !!!
FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/medicaldevices/deviceregulationandguidance/guidancedocuments/ucm080457.pdf

"Patients undergoing medical procedures such as IV therapy, enteral and parenteral nutrition support, blood transfusion, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) can be exposed to di-(2ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), a compound used as a plasticizer for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) medical devices. DEHP has been shown to produce a wide range of adverse effects in experimental animals, notably liver toxicity and testicular astrophy."


PVC is Harmful to Humans !!!
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ)
http://www.chej.org/BESAFE/pvc/about.htm

"....the European Parliament voted in July, 2005 to permanently ban the use of certain toxic phthalates in toys. One EPA study found that vinyl shower curtains can cause elevated levels of dangerous air toxins, which can persist for more than a month."

 

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PVC is Harmful to Humans !!!
Apple Computers
http://www.apple.com/environment/materials/

"Apple plans to completely eliminate the use of PVC in its products by the end of

2008."

 

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PVC is Harmful to Humans !!!
Phelios Inc
http://www.phelios.com/sd/archives/may05.html

" It has become apparent that this seemingly harmless plastic, PVC, is one of the most environmentally hazardous consumer materials produced. Although it appears to be the ideal building material, PVC has high environmental and human health costs that its manufacturers fail to tell consumers. If you’ve learned that PVC is totally safe, you’ve been lied to. PVC (polyvinyl chloride or vinyl) is the worst plastic from an environmental health perspective, threatening major, singular hazards from its inception to its disposal. In other words, PVC becomes harmful the second it’s created until it is disposed of – and even at that point, it still poses toxic exposure inside a landfill or incinerator. That means it emits toxic compounds when it’s being made, while you have it and when it gets disposed of. "

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PVC is Harmful to Humans !!!
Endo Online - The voice of the Endometriosis Association
http://www.endometriosisassn.org/pvc.html

"One of the widely used phthalates in PVC products is di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), a toxic chemical that has been associated with damage to the heart, liver, ovaries, testes, lungs and kidneys. DEHP in medical equipment like IV (intravenous) bags is especially concerning due to the possible leaching of DEHP into the body....Another example of exposure to phthalates and harmful plasticizers is through food wrapped in PVC cling wrap. Many meats, cheeses and other foods sold in delis and grocery stores are wrapped in PVC. Scientists have found evidence of toxic additives migrating into the food. In addition to phthalates, other harmful additives like nonyl phenol, organotins, cadmium, and lead are often used in PVC. Many of these additives, such as nonyl phenol, disrupt hormonal systems. Lead is known to cause brain and nervous system damage, convulsions, coma, fatigue, mental retardation, hyperactivity, and reproductive problems."


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PVC is Harmful to Humans !!!
.. The final solvent that we are going to look at is vinyl chloride, which is used in the manufacture of PVC pipes and plastic food wrappers. The chemical has been linked to several types of cancers and sarcomas.

~ Book:
Toxic Relief by Don Colbert M.D
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PVC is Harmful to Humans !!!
... Breathing high levels of vinyl chloride can cause you to feel dizzy or sleepy. Breathing very high levels can cause you to pass out, and breathing extremely high levels can cause death. ... People who breathe vinyl chloride for long periods of time can have changes to the structure of their livers. ... People who work with vinyl chloride have developed nerve damage and immune reactions. Other workers have developed problems with the blood flow in their hands; the tips of their fingers turn white and hurt when they are in cold temperatures. Sometimes, the bones in the tips of their fingers have broken down. "

~environment.about.com


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PVC is Harmful to Humans !!!
Amsterdam -- Greenpeace welcomed the announcement from major toy retailer Toys R Us of a worldwide withdrawal of 'all direct-to-mouth products for infant use... such as teethers, rattles and pacifiers', containing the hazardous additives phthalates, used to soften polyvinyl chloride (PVC), . "
~ www.greenpeace.org

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PVC is Harmful to Humans !!!
PVC (polyvinyl chloride or vinyl) is widely used in toys and other children's products. For soft applications, such as toys designed for chewing ("teethers"), softeners or plasticisers are added to give the desired flexibility. Although a range of chemicals are used as softeners, phthalate esters (phthalates) are by far the most commonly used. Phthalates do not bind to the PVC, remaining present as a freely mobile and leachable phase in the plastic. As a consequence, phthalates are continuously lost from soft PVC over time. Contact and pressure, such as that applied during teething or play, can increase the rates at which these chemicals leach from the plastic. ... "

~ www.turnertoys.com


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PVC is Harmful to Humans !!!
... Children in contact with soft PVC toys may, therefore, ingest substantial quantities of phthalates during normal play, especially from toys specifically designed to be chewed. This is of concern as phthalates are known to present a number of hazards. Although acute toxicity appears to be low, phthalates have been shown to cause a range of adverse effects in laboratory animals following longer exposure, including damage to the liver and kidney and, in some cases, effects on the reproductive tract. ... "

~ www.greenpeace.org


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PVC is Harmful to Humans !!!
... New studies are shedding light on the potential health hazards from PVC. Phthalates, a group of chemicals that are mixed into PVC to add flexibility, continuously leak out of the material and into the surrounding environment. Children absorb these compounds when they suck on toys or crawl on vinyl flooring. Swedish researchers recently reported that male workers in PVC plants have a risk of developing a form of testicular cancer - seminoma - that is six times that of the general population.
McGinn argues that cost-effective, workable substitutes exist for the bulk of PVC's current uses. In construction, where 60 percent of PVC is used, replacements in siding, pipes, cable insulation, flooring, and window frames include non-chlorinated plastics and modified, traditional materials like aluminum, wood, and ductile iron. Some communities now prohibit PVC from transportation, building, and infrastructure projects. ..."

~ www.worldwatch.org

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PVC is Harmful to Humans !!!
... The entire life cycle of PVC plastics is a polluting process. PVC plastic, or vinyl, is the most common plastic made from chlorine. The production and accidental or intentional burning (as with incineration) of this plastic produces the deadly chemical dioxin, which has been linked to cancer as well as developmental and reproductive problems. The health problems created by dioxin do not just affect people who work in or live near plants that emit dioxin. Dioxin has traveled into our food chain and now is found in a wide variety of common goods. People in the general population are already exposed to dangerous levels of dioxin. Dioxin presents a clear public health danger. ...
~ www.generationgreen.org

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PVC is Harmful to Humans !!!
November 11, 1999 - The European Union (EU) today enacted an emergency ban of PVC toys. ..."

~ www.life.ca
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