Adoor: State Suchitwa Mission reports indicate that the use of PVC flex causes dangerous health problems. PVC flexes are sources of high dosage toxin called dioxins and this compound derives when such chlorinated plastics are heated or burnt.
Such dioxins can stop and slow down the growth of cells. This can adversely affect the reproduction system and growth of foetus and damage the immune system. Dioxin also damages the functionality of hormones and causes terminal illnesses like cancer.
PVC flex is a multi-layered plastic made up of PVC and polyester. It is widely used for bill boards and temporary tents. Every district in Kerala has a minimum 40 flex printing centres each. Even if we consider that they print 1,000 square feet of PVC flex per day, the annual sum of printed flex would count up to 500-tonnes. These flexes will finally end up in our garbage yards after use.
PVC flex is a non-recyclable waste. This can be recycled only after extracting PVC and plastic. The report says that a ban on PVC flexes in the state will be a model for the nation.