Vinyl siding is an environmentally-friendly choice. It requires little maintenance and no painting. The material may also be recyclable. However, vinyl does not provide as much insulation as wood siding, so the house will need supplemental insulation to keep heating and cooling costs down.
The Vinyl Siding Institute claims that vinyl contains only small amounts of dioxins, but other sources say otherwise. Vinyl is said to require less energy to produce than other plastics, but the health risks associated with vinyl are definitely an issue even though some companies that sell products containing vinyl have tried to say that their products are environmentally friendly.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic, which is commonly known as vinyl, is bad for the environment all throughout its life cycle. When PVC is burned or manufactured, it releases dioxins, which cause cancer and also harm the immune system and reproductive system. The smell of PVC is the smell of toxic chemicals. One of these chemicals is DEHP, which is a possible carcinogen. DEHP has also been linked to reproductive problems. If the packaging of a product contains the number “3” inside or the letter “V” under the recycling symbol, this means that a product is made out of vinyl. Products made out of safer products should be selected instead of vinyl. Here is more information on vinyl: http://www.besafenet.com/pvc/documents/chej_pvc_flyer.pdf
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