Lauren Louise Hart
University of Florida
Excerpts from, How Plastic Pipes Flow Economically, Socially, and Environmentally into a Modern Infrastructure
Three tiers of sustainability:
PVC is one of the most sustainable products in the world. PVC has a much smaller carbon footprint than other materials; it takes fewer pounds of material to produce and its thermoplastic material makes it completely recyclable and reusable.
Industries are built around access to clean water, $400 billion dollars in revenue are generated annually from water based recreation, coastal tourism and commercial fishing. PVC pipes currently in place offer an estimated savings of $270 million dollars a year.
Adequate water systems are the first line of defense against water-borne diseases, preventing sickness and reducing healthcare costs.