The Dangers of PVC, Plastic Sauna Suits - How to find a Safe Alternative
When we pick up an object, we rarely think about where it came from and how it was made. Plastics, in particular, are all around us. Without plastics, we wouldn’t have many convenient kitchen appliances or fun toys to keep the kids occupied. There is a darker side to plastics and it’s called PVC.
Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is a known carcinogen, meaning toxic to humans, that is used to make the plastics we have come to take for granted. What’s more, in the world of fitness, PVC-based sauna suits are flooding the market. Those trying to boost their health may be doing just the opposite by using this material.
Let’s take a look at the dangers of PVC, sauna suits to avoid, and the safe alternative that is effective, durable, and inexpensive.
PVC: A Known Toxin
PVC is used to make so much more than you realize. This toxic plastic material can be found all around your home. In the kitchen, your storage containers are made with it. In the bathroom, your shower liner is made from it. In the kid’s toy box, those action figures and dolls are made with it. If you’ve been using a sauna suit that looks shiny, there’s a good chance, it’s also PVC.
Why PVC is Dangerous
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified PVC as a hazardous material. During its production, workers are at a high risk of developing cancer or illness caused by the PVC process. When burned, PVC released toxins into the air that you may be able to breathe in, resulting in a number of health consequences.
Is Your Sauna Suit Made with PVC?
Check the label of your sauna suit. It should say “PVC” and if it doesn’t but you suspect it is made with it, then the best thing to do would be to e-mail or call the manufacturer.
Is There a Safer Alternative?
Absolutely. When shopping for household items, check the label of the product to make sure it says that it is made without the use of PVC. Most companies are now placing this front and center on their labels.
When it comes to sauna suits, the best material to look for is neoprene. This material is safe and extremely durable. What’s more, the benefits you’ll experience with neoprene far outweigh those results you may see with PVC-based suits. Best of all, neoprene doesn’t absorb odor causing bacteria. PVC-based suits, on the other hand, are hot beds for bacteria.
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