Vinyl Floors Can be Major Health Threat to Children

A new study finds that there is an excess of lead, phthalates, cadmium, organotins and many other harmful and toxic ingredients in vinyl flooring and other building materials. Since children frequently come into contact with these materials, this poses a major health threat.

The nonprofit Ecology Center tested over 1,000 flooring samples and nearly 2,300 types of wallpaper. They found that most vinyl flooring samples tested contain four phthalate plasticizers banned in children’s products. Most of the PVC wallpaper sampled also contained banned phthalates plasticizers.

What’s more, according to Inhabitots:

“PVC building materials tested were seven times more likely to contain hazardous chemical additives than non-vinyl alternatives. The vast majority, 96 percent, of wallpaper samples contained polyvinyl chloride (PVC) coatings.”

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