PVC, or “vinyl” as it is often called, has some advantageous attributes, including flexibility, transparency, and strength. But PVC can also adversely impact human health and the environment. A chemical used to make PVC flexible is leaching out of PVC medical devices and exposing patients. That chemical, di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate (DEHP), is a reproductive toxicant. For this reason, many hospitals are seeking alternatives to PVC plastic medical devices, building products, and office supplies.