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Cool Links: Teaching Green with "Blue Vinyl"

Posted May 26, 2007
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"Blue Vinyl: The World's First Toxic Comedy," a documentary directed by Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold, takes a charming look at a chilling situation with worldwide implications.

Helfand decided to learn how vinyl is made when her parents wanted to re-cover their home with blue vinyl. She presents her findings in this 2002 film, a winner of Emmy and Sundance Film Festival awards.

The documentary is available on DVD for $25 in a package designed to encourage public viewing events. The bundle includes one-time public screening rights (a $195 value), guidance in hosting a screening event, press and publicity materials, and resources to share with individuals who want to join the PVC-free revolution.

The film's companion Web site,, provides an array of links to green building resources such as the Habitat for Humanity awards, the Healthy Building Network, the Ecological Building Network,, and more.

The site's Cost and Affordability section examines the economics of phasing out polyvinyl chloride (PVC), building green on a budget, construction methods, and affordable housing.

In her documentary, Helfand points out that "ordinary Americans have the power to make dangerous building materials obsolete." These materials are designed to assist that effort.

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