So why limit your exposure to PVC?
Our sister company Naked Binder makes off the shelf eco friendly 3-ring binders and pocket folders and has done a lot of research on vinyls, plastics and the environment. Corporate Image has been printing with soy inks, using recycled papers and board and making custom recycled and recyclable 3-ring binders, pocket folders and boxes for nearly 30 years. Together we plan to make recyclable 3-ring binders and folders the standard, eliminating tons of vinyl waste in our landfills, offices and homes.
Why you ask? So happy you did!
No other plastic contains or releases as many dangerous chemicals. These include dioxins, phthalates, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride, lead, cadmium, and organotins. There’s no safe way to manufacture, use or dispose of PVC products
In You and your food. As a persistent bioaccumulative toxin (PBT), it does not breakdown rapidly and travels around the globe, accumulating in fatty tissue and concentrating as it goes up the food chain. Dioxins from Louisiana manufacturing plants migrate on the winds and concentrate in Great Lakes fish. Dioxins are even found in hazardous concentrations in the tissues of whales and polar bears and in Inuit mother’s breast milk. The dioxin exposure of the average American already poses a calculated risk of cancer of greater than 1 in 1,000 – thousands of times greater than the usual standard for acceptable risk. Really scary is that dioxins concentrate in breast milk to the point that human infants now receive high doses, orders of magnitude greater than those of the average adult.
Air pollution near plants: In Mossville, Louisiana, air monitoring conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1999 showed concentrations of vinyl chloride more than 120 times higher than the ambient air standard.
Working in plants: Studies have documented links between working in vinyl chloride production facilities and the increased likelihood of developing diseases including angiosarcoma of the liver, a rare form of liver cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, lymphomas, leukemia, and liver cirrhosis.
The multitudes of additives required to make PVC useful make large scale post consumer recycling nearly impossible for most products and interfere with the recycling of other plastics. Of an estimated 7 billion pounds of PVC thrown away in the US, only 14 million – less than 1/2 of 1 percent – is recycled. The Association of Post Consumer Plastics Recyclers declared efforts to recycle PVC a failure and labeled it a contaminant in 1998. We tried. Learn more about how that went.
Although vinyl is in theory recyclable, there are currently no vinyl recycling programs available. The vast majority of PVCs end up in landfill or incinerated – and both are environmentally hazardous. Currently 0.1% to 3% of vinyl is recycled (mostly industrial waste) of the 2 billion and 4 billion pounds of PVC that is discarded in the US every year.
PVC poses a great risk in building fires, as it releases deadly gases long before it ignites, such as hydrogen chloride which turns to hydrochloric acid when inhaled. As it burns, whether accidentally or in waste incineration, it releases yet more toxic dioxins. PVC burning in landfill fires may now be the single largest source of dioxin releases to the environment. If you see the former entry about recycling, with the approximately 8400 landfill fires every year in the US, this is an issue.
What are Dioxins?
Types of Vinyl
Links to more information
Healthy Building Network
EPA Enforcement EPA regulates
Ecocycle on recycling
dangers in making dangers in fire disposing of PVC
Center for Health, Environment and Justice.
PVC, the Poison Plastic – Unhealthy for Our Nation’s Children and Schools: PDF | HTML
Our Health and PVC – What’s the Connection?: PDF | HTML
PVC Flooring and Toxic Cleaning Products: PDF | HTML
Top Ten Reasons Your School Should Go PVC-Free: PDF | HTML
PVC & Environmental Justice: PDF | HTML
PVC Policies Around the World: PDF | HTML
Ted Talks: Diana Cohen: Tough Truths About Plastic Pollution
Ted Talks: Capt. Charles Moore on Seas of Plastic
Healthy Building Network
Vinyl Industry Sites
Winston Churchill once observed the correlation between design and culture: “we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
Designing any object, whether a 3-ring binder or a building requires thought into use, environment and user. For years, the idea of healthier environments was not a high priority – people smoked at work, the convenience of plastics out-weighed many other concerns -but with greater information on how things affect us, healthier is becoming a larger component of design.
I thought this article was interesting as a perspective from an architect designing the spaces we all spend a lot of time in:
Buildings are fashioned by the choices of people who design and construct them. When completed, those choices impact the inhabitants for a lifetime, but how many of us realize the true scale of this impact. Over the course of my career I have designed more than 51 million square feet of commercial space for more than a half-million people. Now consider that I am just one of more than one hundred thousand architects in the US alone. Some may suggest that as an individual, I represent a small portion of the impact to be made by architects and builders, but I prefer to think that I have a half-million people counting on me.
Winston Churchill once observed the correlation between design and culture: “we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” When this was said, the intent was to convey the use of space to accommodate large fluctuations of intended function; however a new stage of evolution is already upon the building industry. One that will certainly engage the health and wellness of the occupants of our buildings and requires we alter our philosophy and approach to design.
For the human body to operate effectively it needs proper nourishment, and just like the human body, buildings need to consider the ingredients of the products they come to embody. In order for us to put our design on the right diet, we need to start reading the labels and in doing so, promote our manufacturers who are beginning to understand the makeup of these products, as well as how they will work together as a completed system. Material transparency is a valuable first step toward designing healthier environments made with healthier products. Buildings that use healthy, sustainable materials can have a positive impact on people and the environment. Considering these realities, it is imperative that designers have the information needed to make truly informed decisions regarding the chemical makeup of the products we use. The key to delivering this value lies within the details of how each individual element contributes to the whole. To do this, we need to completely understand building product ingredients, so we can make educated choices that will inform the complete lifecycle of our designs and positively impact the people who experience them. We want people to live and work in environments made with healthful materials.
For the rest of the article go here.
From our perspective as a manufacturer, what goes inside the building is equally important. We spoke with an architect who had a LEED building fail it’s initial air test because of the furnishings and office supplies. With 60 million + 3-ring binders being sold in the US each year, we believe that from carpeting to binders, each element of your environment needs to be considered.
At Corporate Image, we design every component of our products. From inert laminates to soy inks, recycled papers to 100% recyclability, we track what we use to give you a healthy product that looks and works better than anything else you can find.
Paperboy wines are packaged in a unique molded paper ‘bottle’ with a plastic bladder inside to hold the wine. The paper wrapper is easily recyclable (though they do not say the bladder is).
While glass is completely recyclable most glass doesn’t get recycled for some reason and these paper and plastic bottles have the added benefit of being a lot lighter, saving in cost and fuel to ship, and making it easier to carry around. Now to be quite honest, I would still balk at carrying something like this into the back country (at 1.9 lbs it weighs a bit too much for me), but I am very tempted to go get a bottle to bring to a friends house.
via Packaging World:
Innovative packaging designed to meet consumers’ lifestyle choices—that is the vision that inspires Healdsburg, CA-based wine company Truett-Hurst, Inc. In late 2012, the super- and ultra-premium wine producer introduced a new range of wines targeted at specific buying occasions—for example, barbecues, birthdays, and anniversaries—packaged in bottles with exquisitely designed full-body paper wraps.
Now, Truett-Hurst tackles the eco-conscious, on-the-go wine lover with its “retro-cool” PaperBoy brand, a line of appellation-based, super-premium wines in a paper wine bottle—a first for the U.S.
“Truett-Hurst is always looking to respond to the reasons why people buy wine,” says company CEO Phil Hurst. “An eco-responsible package was an obvious addition to our line of brands that appeal to lifestyle choices.”
Introduced with limited exclusivity by Safeway in September 2013 and now in general distribution in 45 states, PaperBoy is packaged in a molded paper outer shell in the shape of a traditional wine bottle, with a plastic liner inside. The concept was brought to Truett-Hurst by designer Kevin Shaw of Stranger & Stranger, and is supplied by U.K.-based GreenBottle.
Changing consumer mindsets
As Hurst explains, his company is on a quest through new products and packaging to change the way people think about and buy wine. For eco-conscious consumers on the move, the lightweight PaperBoy package provides a responsible way for them to carry wine outdoors. “Campers, hikers, and fishermen can carry this lightweight package—only 1.9 pounds filled—and enjoy premium wine from a 750-mL bottle almost anywhere, collapsing it when finished for return to a recycling site,” he says.
Two introductory PaperBoy varieties have been crafted by Virginia Marie Lambrix, winemaker for VML and Truett-Hurst wineries: a 2012 Paso Robles Red Blend ($14.99) and a 2012 Mendocino Chardonnay ($13.99). “We at Truett-Hurst believe that if the quality of the wine exceeds a customer’s expectation, then new, cutting-edge packaging will become more mainstream,” Lambrix says.
As mentioned, designer Kevin Shaw, who worked with Truett-Hurst on the Evocative Wrapped Bottle line in 2012, initially brought the concept of GreenBottle to the attention of Truett-Hurst. Hurst says at the time, his company was looking for ways to meet retailer and consumer demands for innovative new wine technologies and eco-friendly products.
While Shaw designed the branding art and contributed the “PaperBoy” name, GreenBottle engineered the wine bottle structure. Truett-Hurst’s directives for the structure were that it needed to convey “wine,” and it had to be able to run down their existing packaging line.
Have questions about the savings in weight vs the non- recyclability of the plastic bladder?
As Hurst explains, one cross-country truck of PaperBoy wine, traveling 2,800 miles, saves approximately 61 gal of diesel fuel, with 1,365 lb less CO2 added to the atmosphere. “If all wine shipped annually in the U.S. [207.7 million cases] was packaged in the PaperBoy bottle, approximate savings of 50,793,750 gallons of diesel and 560,000 tons of CO2 would be realized,” he says.
In total, the carbon footprint for the PaperBoy bottle versus glass is 67% smaller, while the carbon footprint for shipping is 18% more efficient than glass.
As a winemaker, Lambrix says she admires the practicality of PaperBoy. “Wines that will be consumed almost immediately do not need a heavy, environmentally and economically expensive glass bottle and cork,” she says. “We would rather apply the savings that PaperBoy affords toward more expensive, better-crafted wine so that both the customer and the environment win.”
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