The use of PVC is popular in the construction industry, with thousands of products being made with vinyl such as banners, floor mats, shower curtains, wiring and floor tiles. Vinyl is a popular building choice not only because it is durable, but because it can be recycled, giving it a long lifespan. In fact, vinyl has been used since its first patent in 1913. At that time Friedrich Klatte had invented a new process that allowed the polymerization of vinyl chloride that utilized sunlight.
Vinyl coated fabric and vinyl laminate fabric are popular bases for products such as child toys because they are durable and easy to clean. However, the largest market is PVC piping, which is less and expensive, does not corrode and is easier to instal than metal piping. Vinyl sign material and printable vinyl are also popular uses of the product.
The use of recyclable products that are durable is an important factor when considering building material and fabric. It ensures that a purchased product will last a long time, and when it is no longer needed in one circumstance, it can easily be used for something else, either by breaking down the material and recycling it that way or by utilizing it for a different purpose. For example, vinyl fabrics can be used for a table cloth at a picnic and then alternatively be used as a protective tarp to keep delicate items from being destroyed by the elements.
Toys can be used in classrooms and daycare centers because they are durable and can last through years of child play. They can also be easily cleaned at the end of the day to prepare for the next group of children and prevent the spread of germs. With long lasting, easy to clean toys, parents can save money and keep kids happy.