Glossary term


PVC=polyvinyl chloride, it is one of the most widely used plastics. It is widespread mainly due to the easy and cheap production of the basic component, i.e. vinyl chloride. After the addition of various components, its properties can be well controlled, which is important for different types of products. It can be easily processed by all basic plastic manufacturing processes. It is highly biological, chemical and heat resistant. PVC can be well recycled, for which it is widely used. Its dangers lie mainly in its unprofessional disposal (as it can release harmful substances when improperly incinerated), in its presence in the environment (extremely long degradation time and the release of microplastics) or in the possible release of certain additives and plasticizers that can affect human health.