It is hard to imagine our lives without cables. From the moment we wake up until the very last second before we go to bed, wires and cables bring us electricity and connectivity.
Watching TV, making a phone call, sending an email or washing our clothes would be impossible without the wires and cables made using polyvinyl chloride – known as PVC or vinyl – one of the most widely used thermoplastic polymers in the world.
Flexible PVC has been under close scrutiny for many years by regulators and civil organisations, not only because of the way it is manufactured but in part due to the presence of some phthalates (one of the many families of plasticisers) which have been linked to a number of potential health effects.
All plasticisers are being thoroughly evaluated and regulated by the EU legislation, which enables their safe and sustainable use in specific applications. Nevertheless, in an attempt to minimise consumer and NGO pressure, over the past few years, some companies have tried to replace PVC cables, changing the design and materials used in the power cords of their popular smartphones, tablets and other devices.
It is worth noting that there are different kinds of plasticisers with many different uses, properties and regulatory status. European Union (EU) authorities have strictly regulated the use of all plasticisers: those currently being used in flexible PVC applications are safe and pose no risk to consumers’ health and our environment.
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