PVC-free leads – beneficial to the environment and health -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

10/16/2018

FRIWO Gerätebau GmbH

PVC-free leads – beneficial to the environment and health

For a leading toy manufacturer FRIWO has engineered a power supply with a PVC-free lead. PVC, which is often used for the coating of leads, is potentially harmful to health and environment: to prevent the plastic from becoming brittle, so-called phthalates are used as softeners. Phthalates, however, can endanger both liver and kidney and are also suspected of being carcinogenic. The toxics can enter the body through saliva as well as through the respiratory tract or simple skin contact, which is why there are stringent limits, especially for use in children's products.

During production and disposal, environmental pollution and health problems also occur. The starting material for PVC is vinyl chloride, which is carcinogenic and can affect the genetic material. PVC is a very stable chemical compound that does not rot and releases many highly toxic substances in case of fire.

PVC is not only dangerous for humans, it also affects wildlife. Above all, dogs and rodents find PVC to be tasty. The consequences are health problems for animals as well as browsing damage to cables, resulting in power outages and fires.

FRIWO wants to actively counteract threats and pressures associated with the use of PVC. PVC-free leads will soon be available as optional accessories not only for further customer-specific R&D, but also for selected standard products from the FRIWO portfolio.

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