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Vinyl is a type of plastic. Its scientific name is polyvinyl chloride. It is also known by the acronym PVC. First discovered in 1835, it took scientists over ninety years to find a use for this material.
Today, PVC is the second-most-used plastic in the world, with manufacturers producing nearly forty-four billion pounds per year. Retail sale of PVC earns producers a combined twenty billion dollars per year. More than fifty percent of PVC manufactured today is used in construction materials, especially pipes and window frames. Other uses for PVC include credit cards and vinyl records.
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