Why we use Polypropylene

July 29, 2014 2 min read 0 Comments

The FACTS about PVC
PVC is short for poly vinyl chloride. It is dangerous in it's basic form and needs lead to stabilize it for production. We know lead is highly toxic during the life of it's product and during disposal. PVC is extremely heat unstable and has been known to decompose during manufacturing. PVC contains approx 30% (by weight) of Chlorine. We know what damage chlorine can do to our environment. To make pvc into usable products it has to be made flexible and softer by the addition of plasticisers. These plasticisers are called phthalates which are known cancer causing carcinogens. These plasticisers leach out of the pvc product and into the environment. PVC is non-recyclable due to it's chemical composition. It's all these harmful chemicals and decomposition of the material that make pvc unsuitable for use in the production of our products.
The FACTS about Polypropylene
Polypropylene is a neutral plastic containing only 2 elements Carbon and Hydrogen. Polypropylene doesn't use any dangerous chemicals in it's production.

Polypropylene sheet is manufactured from propylene monomer which is a relatively safe gas. This gas is a waste product of the petroleum industry and used to be burned off contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. This means that the more PP made and used in products helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Polypropylene is an extremely heat tolerant and stable plastic making it a suitable alternative in all climates around the country. Polypropylene is 100% recyclable.

In summary there is CLEAR evidence that PP is a safer, non-toxic and environmentally friendly alternative to the obsolete technologies that gave us plastics such as pvc. By us manufacturing safety signs using polypropylene and by you choosing a supplier that uses polypropylene, we are at least, making an effort to help minimise the impact on the planets resources.