Are Vinyl Records Toxic? Why?

To, to cut the inevitable crap, vinyl records are, in fact, toxic to the environment. Let's get into it.

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Why? Vinyl records are made of polyvinyl chloride (the vinyl chloride from which vinyl gets its name).

Partially derived from the fossil fuel process, a vinyl record made from PVC is thus full of chemical additives that are dangerous to humans and the wider ecosystem.

The highest exposure risk to these raw chemicals is in the manufacturing process.

Vinyl records also give off small amounts of toxic gases when they are played, though these are not nearly equal to the sheer amount of damage done to the environment by their manufacture.

Are Vinyl Records Harmful to the Environment? Yes. Depending on the various thickness and quality of the manufacturing process, it could take upwards of hundreds of years for the product to fully decompose.