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  • June 20, 2024
  • EEB

NGOs Urge European Commission to Ban PVC, Citing Legal Duty

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Environmental NGOs have called on the European Commission to ban polyvinyl chloride (PVC), emphasizing the EU's legal duty to eliminate hazardous substances under existing regulations. PVC, a widely used plastic, poses significant environmental and health risks due to its production, usage, and disposal processes, which release harmful chemicals such as dioxins and phthalates.

The NGOs argue that PVC's lifecycle contributes to pollution and endangers both human health and ecosystems. They stress that the European Green Deal and the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan mandate the elimination of toxic substances to achieve a sustainable and non-toxic environment. The call to ban PVC aligns with these objectives, aiming to reduce plastic pollution and promote safer alternatives.

The appeal from NGOs highlights the urgency of regulatory action to protect public health and the environment from the adverse impacts of PVC, urging the European Commission to fulfill its legal responsibilities and support the transition to safer materials.



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