PVC is often used to make tape that’s used in extreme temperatures, such as cold storage facilities because it performs better than the alternative for poly packing tape, PP, or polypropylene. Otherwise, we recommend avoiding PVC because it contaminates humans and the environment throughout its lifecycle — from manufacturing to disposal — because it’s made using hazardous chemicals and carcinogenic additives.
Not recyclable, so often ends up in landfills
Shelf life for PVC tape is much shorter than PP. Depending on the environment, it can begin to yellow within months
PVC contains phthalates to make it flexible. Phthalates are known carcinogens, and they can leach into the surrounding environment throughout the manufacturing lifecycle.