Plastic pipe is a popular material in some parts of the world, but it can be extremely toxic.
In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have both identified more than 2,300 chemicals in plastic pipe that could be harmful to humans.
Here are some of the most dangerous plastics on the market.
PVC: PVC is a polymer that is widely used in pipe.
It is typically coated with a variety of plastics, such as polyethylene and polypropylene, to make it more durable and resistant to water damage.
The EPA lists PVC as a Class 1 carcinogen in its latest Toxicological Evaluation of PVC Pipe, and it has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals.
The FDA has also banned the use of PVC as pipe in some states.
Styrene: Styrene is a synthetic polymer that has a similar composition to PVC, but is much harder to manufacture.
It has a wide variety of uses, from making plastic doors to door frames, to being used as a solvent in cosmetics.
Polypropylene: Polypropane is a type of polyester that can be found in a wide range of products, including household goods, clothing, furniture and toys.
Its most common use is as a waterproofing material, but some plastics made from polypropane can also be found as flame retardants.
PTFE: PTF-2, a polyester polymer, is a flexible plastic used in many applications.
It can be used to insulate insulation, waterproofing products, to soften wood, and to protect electrical components.
Polyethylene: Polyethylenes are a polymers used in the manufacture of electrical equipment, including power amplifiers, transformers and power supply units.
Polyene has also been linked in some studies to health risks, including asthma, and some studies have linked it to cancer.
Polystyrene: A polyester-based polyurethane used in some electrical equipment.
It may be more toxic than PVC.
Vinyl: A common plastic used to make electrical components such as switches and outlets.
Vinyl has been found to contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a group of chemicals that can cause cancer.
Polycarbonate: A plastic made from petroleum products, used in plumbing and plumbing equipment.
A chemical called ethylhexyl methanol is known to cause cancer in animals.
Vinyl chloride: A chemical used to dissolve plastic pipes.
It contains a class of chemicals called benzene and is carcinogenic to humans and animals.
Polyvinyl chloride: An alternative plastic material that has been widely used for building materials and products.
Vinyl can be easily recycled.
The chemical is known as vinyl chloride and is linked to respiratory and cardiovascular disease in humans.
Polyoxyethylene (PEO): A plastic found in PVC pipe.
Vinyl also contains the chemical benzene, which has been shown to cause lung cancer in mice.
Vinyl’s main use is in furniture, but the chemical has also found its way into plastics such as glass.
Silicone: A material used in furniture and plastic furniture.
It’s used to fill seams in plastic furniture and in the lining of products such as kitchenware.
Styrofoam: A type of foam used in food packaging.
It also makes up a large part of the lining used in clothing.
Styros are often used in packaging as a replacement for polystyrene and other polymers.
Styropes can be very expensive, though, so manufacturers are trying to find substitutes.
Polyurethanes: A class of plastics that are commonly found in water bottles, but also found in many other items.
They are used as sealants, foams, and insulating materials.
Vinyl acetate: An extremely hard, brittle plastic that can break down easily.
It was found to cause skin irritation and lead to the development of melanoma in lab mice.
Styriphone: A very durable, durable material used for phones, cameras, and other electronics.
Poly(vinyl acetate) chloride: Another brittle, durable plastic used as insulation for electronics.
PEG: A resin found in food, clothing and other products that is used in making vinyl, rubber, plastic, plasticizer and polyurethanol, among other things.
Vinyl Acetate: Another plastic used for insulation.
It isn’t a food additive, but has been used as glue for several years in the production of some food products.
Polyester: A composite material used to form various plastics.
It consists of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a fatty acid with many of the same chemical structures as PVC.
It comes in many shapes and sizes.
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA): A chemical that is usually used as an