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sj.breeze
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« on: December 29, 2007, 01:35:25 PM »

Hi everyone, this is my first post here, I read Itchmo daily and decided to join when I discovered my favorite coat maker uses a PVC lining on their new slickers.  They're called RC Pet Products and they're based in Vancouver, BC.  The slicker I'm talking about is the new Metro Slicker--please check and make sure you or someone you know doesn't have this coat!  Also, I'm asking all of you to email the company and ask them to stop using PVC, as it is a known toxin to humans and animals.  Anyone who comes into contact with this coat, babies, kids, dogs, cats, are being exposed to carcinogens.

Please take a moment to email RC Pet Products, http://www.rcpets.com/emailus.html , I've even written a letter below that you're welcome to copy and paste in your email.  One of the reasons I'm doing this is because I emailed them over a week ago addressing my concerns and no one has bothered to respond.  Thanks everyone!

Dear Susan,

I am writing to you to express my concern over your use of a PVC coating in the new Metro Slicker.  As you may not know, PVC contains a known carcinogen, vinyl chloride, as well as lead, which you must know has been linked to nerve problems in humans.  Please refer to this article for more information:
http://www.checnet.org/HealtheHouse/education/articles-detail.asp?Main_ID=185
I hope you will seriously consider recalling your toxic slicker and pledging to never using PVC again.  I'm sure there are ways to go about this, as PVC and phthalate-substitutes are used all the time in Europe, where these toxins are banned by the government.  Thank you for your attention in this matter, and I hope to hear from you about what you decide to do.
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kaffe
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2007, 02:04:10 PM »

Thank you for the heads up, SJ!  I'm sure we all needed to know this!
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petslave
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2007, 06:21:41 PM »

sj breeze - let us know if you get an answer.  If enough of us did this, they might start phasing PVC out of use.

Unfortunately, I think PVC is used in many of these plastic type clothes & shoes.  I noticed some shoe inserts the other day said PVC on the package & I've seen it on the plastic raincoats & pants before too.  It's also really dangerous if it burns because it puts out a very toxic gas, and a lot of furniture with vinyl or plastic parts or fabrics have PVC in them.  Here's something scary:

http://www.ecocycle.org/askeco-cycle/2005/0318.cfm

"Plastics with the #3 symbol are made from polyvinyl chloride, or PVC. PVC plastic is used to make hundreds of everyday consumer products, such as cosmetic bottles, pets’ chew toys, construction pipes, plastic packaging, food wrap, babies’ toys and teething rings, vinyl siding, computer parts, and credit cards. Not only are these plastic products not recyclable, they are far more toxic in production, use and disposal than other plastics and for that reason, many communities and businesses are phasing out their use.

According to an alarming new report on the dangers of PVC by the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, PVC production fuses vinyl chloride molecules with toxic metals such as lead and cadmium, which are added as plasticizers and stabilizers. Because of the chemical properties of chlorine, the by-products of PVC production tend to be far more toxic, more persistent in the environment, and more likely to build up in the food supply and the bodies of people than otherwise similar chemicals that do not contain chlorine. PVC is the only major plastic that contains chlorine, so it is unique in the hazards it creates."

And don't try to recycle it:

"Because so many different additives are used to make PVC, recycling the plastic is extremely difficult, and any #3 bottles that make it into the recycling stream can contaminate and ruin a load of #1 bottles. When incinerated, PVC forms dioxins, a highly toxic group of chemicals that build up in the food chain. When landfilled, PVC poses significant long-term environmental threats as chemical additives can leach into groundwater."



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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2007, 07:38:29 PM »

sjbreeze- Welcome ! I sent an email, hopefully 1 of us will get a response.
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sj.breeze
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2007, 10:11:06 AM »

Thanks everyone for the welcome and for helping me out with this.  I think it's very positive that many large box stores are phasing out products containing PVC, such as Target and Ikea.  We've just got to keep pushing other companies to do the same!
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Scratch
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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2007, 05:54:01 PM »

Am I mistaken, isn't PVC used for plumbing?
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Mandycat
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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2007, 06:04:39 PM »

Scratch -
     Yes.  They use PVC pipes for plumbing.  I did some reading and from what I can see, PVC itself is not the problem.  It is certain plasticizers to make the PVC soft for certain uses that is controversial.  PVC pipe is hard and doesn't contain these plasticizers is what I can recall from what I read.
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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2007, 10:06:26 PM »

Welcome and Happy New Year sj.breeze. PVC is also in the IV tubes they use to give you fluids and or medicines too. So just a lil toxic carcinogen to go along with the meds won't hurt ya a bit! While we try to help w/what ails you we're killing you at the same time-how convenient. Two for one, such a deal we have for you!
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sj.breeze
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2008, 04:33:54 PM »

I just thought I'd post the response I received from RC Pet:

"Thank you for your e-mail and concerns about our coats.  This is something we are aware of and are taking steps to provide coats that are PVC free.  There is a great deal of research, product development etc.that needs to take place in making these changes.    Thank you again for your feedback!" 
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2008, 05:09:28 PM »

I got the same response today. They also said they will send me a list of their products that are pvc free.
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sharky
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2008, 12:31:54 PM »

DUMB question

CAN i print this off and take it to a local store
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