Is the waterproof tarp toxic


Will tarps leak toxins People are paying more and more […]

Will tarps leak toxins

People are paying more and more attention to the harm of toxins in plastics. You may have heard of many toxins, which are leached into food from plastic containers made of PET, polyethylene, PVC or styrene.

What about tarps? Linoleum is usually made of plastic, is this a risk? If you use tarps in a garden environment, or expose children to tarps in playgrounds, swimming pools or outdoor areas, will they be at risk? Will tarps leach out toxins? This is unlikely. We will break down the reasons.


It is important to understand how leaching occurs
Leaching is a process in which water or moisture flows through or over a substance and carries small particles of the substance as it flows back. In the case of plastics, water will eventually transport chemicals used to make plastics. This is not a quick process. It takes time.

You may have heard that plastic food containers immerse chemicals in food or drinks. The container is exposed to cold or hot temperatures due to boiling, microwave, washing, or freezing, causing breakdown and leaching. Some pressure is required to release the chemicals.

Look at different types of plastic
When recycling, you may notice small recycling arrows on plastic items. They range from # 1 to # 7. Subdivided into:

1-PET or PETE: polyethylene terephthalate is used to make ropes, clothing fibers, beverage bottles, medicine bottles and some food containers. It can absorb the smell and taste of the contacted objects. When exposed to sunlight, low temperature and other factors, it will also decompose over time. This may cause some leaching.

2 – HDPE: High-density polyethylene is one of the safest forms of plastic because research has found that it does not immerse chemicals in food or liquids. You will find that this plastic usually turns into milk jugs, soaps and other beauty products packaging and cleaning agents.

3-V: Polyvinyl chloride is best known among PVC pipes for domestic pipes. The use of this plastic in the garden is not a good plastic because it leaches chemicals. Phthalates are a danger of PVC because research has found that phthalates can damage the kidneys, liver and lungs of animals.

4-LDPE: Low density polyethylene is a plastic used to make sandwich bags, bubble wrap, plastic food packaging bags, squeeze bottles and cling film. This is one of the safest plastic forms.

5-PP: Polypropylene is a plastic designed to withstand heat and cold. It is difficult to recycle. This is the raw material for making bottle caps, plastic lunch boxes and syrup bottles. Some tarps are also made of No. 5 plastic. It is one of the safer plastics used in gardens and frequently used outdoor spaces.

6 – PS: Polystyrene is used to make plastic takeout containers, plastic beverage cups, peanuts or foam packaging, hangers, plastic knives, spoons and forks.

7-Other types: Polycarbonate and polylactide are two other plastics classified as No. 7. They are difficult to recycle and often include discs, reusable bottles and storage containers. Some of these plastics will leach bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a chemical used in plastics that has been found to affect children's brains and prostate. The Mayo Clinic also reported that there may be a link between hypertension and BPA.