Did you know that the first two vinyl products that were produced were shoe heels and golf balls? Today, vinyl coated fabric has a special place in the hearts of music lovers, and is widely used among many industries. Toys for children are commonly made from vinyl because it is durable, safe, and easily cleaned.
During the second world war, vinyl became a valuable replacement for rubber, which was hard to come by because of the war efforts. Most rubber producing factories were required to ship most of the material to military bases for tires and other supplies. Vinyl fabrics, however, can be used for such a vast array of products other than those used for war. Some examples include floor mats, truck tarps, printable vinyl laminate fabric, vinyl sign material, bounce houses, and dummies (just to name a few).
Vinyl coated fabric is so commonly used not only for its durability, but also because it is recyclable, which increases its lifespan and makes it an environmentally responsible material. Its counterpart, rubber, is not nearly as ecofriendly. In fact, rubber is often disposed of by being burned, which emits noxious smoke into the atmosphere.
A vinyl compound is organic. Chemically, it is composed of an ethenyl grouping with CH2. The organic nature of vinyl coated fabric adds even further to its environmentally responsible nature. Being organic, it can be used in composting, which is a form of recycling where old materials and food are used as soil to grow plants and produce.
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