Category: Inflatables

As society becomes more conscious of its plastic waste, it is time to cut back on  pool inflatables. Cheap swimming inflatables are often discarded once they break, and end up in the sea or in landfill.

Plastic inflatables are often made from flexible PVC – polyvinyl chloride – which, according to the British Plastics Federation, is a durable and long-lasting material. Part of the problem is tat these items that we might use for a very short amount of time and then disposed of.

But PVC is almost never collected from households for recycling – the waste goes to landfill or incineration.

Fossil fuels are used in their production and transportation and they’re so cheap that they’ve got no worth. If they get into the sea they’ll get broken down into pieces and harm wildlife. They can get entangled into them or they can eat them.

Types of PVC inflatables

  • Air beds/air mattresses
  • Pool toys
  • Beach balls
  • Swim rings
  • Arm bands


BBC – Plastic waste: What to do with your inflatable when it goes pop