In this blog, we will be taking a look at PVC material and EVA material properties, and decide what is the best for your business!

EVA vs PVC: Which Should You Choose?

What is EVA plastic?

EVA which stands for, Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), is a material that is popularly known as expanded rubber or foam rubber. It’s typically used as padding in equipment (e.g. Shock absorber) and for various sports, such as ski boots, boxing, hockey. EVA foam material appears softer and has a foam texture in comparison to PVC. Thus, it makes an ideal promotional product packaging option. Below is a good example of how to use this material for packaging.

Bespoke Whiskey Packaging

EVA used in Bespoke Whiskey Packaging

Benefits Of EVA plastic Products:

ODM makes many EVA products, such as footwear, laptop bags etc due to its functions and properties. Many people prefer this material when creating a long-lasting product, that can also help them maximise cost. Here are some of the benefits of this material:

  • Light weight
  • Easy to mould- Cut easily from sheets and moulded into different shapes
  • Odourless
  • Glossy finish
  • Cheaper material as compared to natural rubber



PVC which stands for, Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is a thermoplastic polymer. The material is used frequently due to its cheap, durable, and easy to assemble properties. Promotional figurines and inflatables mascots are some products made using PVC material. Here’s an example of PVC application on custom promotional bags:

Benefits Of PVC Products:

Its intrinsic properties allow it to be used in clothing, producing leather-like materials. PVC is cheaper than rubber, leather and is thus more widely available and worn. Its water proof qualities make is a great option for making coats, shoes, jackets, aprons, and bags.

It is valuable to fully research materials before making a decision. For instance, learning about EVA vs PVC blend and EVA vs PVC safety would be helpful.

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How can ODM help you?

ODM has years of experience using EVA and PVC in our projects. Whether you need help designing, sourcing, or manufacturing custom promotional merchandise, our team are always ready to lend a hand. Enquire @ ODM for more ways and explanation on how you can vastly improve your business. Our product designers will be able to provide you with multiple unique and interesting ideas for you to wow your audience and increase brand recognition. The specialists here are capable of assisting you throughout every process to ensure a pleasant experience. Contact ODM now!


We compiled some examples of PVC and EVA products. Check them out below!

One of the best ways to get customers to try your brand is by having fun custom promotional merchandise with your brand on it. These plastic contruction toys are the perfect promotional item to increase consumer engagement and create a more positive experience. Find out more:


These 3D designed backpacks are great promotional products to be given away or offered as a Gift with purchase. Along with licensing of famous characters such as Micky Mouse, they can become fantastically iconic, especially for children. Find out more:


EVA foam mini shipping containers perfect for the shipping industry. A simple yet effective way to make a name in the freight industry. Why does ODM like the EVA Foam Mini Shipping Containers as a promotional item? Check out this blog to find out more:


PVC door handles for the hotel industry – this is a very simple product that can be modified in designs and easily can be purchased in massive quantities. Find out more on how these PVC door hangers can help your brand raise brand awareness and recognition.


Many brands love promotional pouches to store their promotional bundle. Not only it is waterproof, but it is also long-lasting and sturdy. Find out why we love this promo PVC pouch bag, especially for summer accessories!

How is EVA different from rubber?

EVA has rubber-like properties, however, it is softer, lighter and more flexible than rubber. It is also a cheaper option.

Why are EVA and PVC used often?

EVA and PVC are a cheaper option. They have similar properties to rubber and plastic such as being durable and waterproof.

Which is safer, EVA or PVC?

EVA is a safer option than PVC as is considered non-toxic.

One of the questions we receive most often is “what’s the difference between EVA and PVC, and which material is most ideal for manufacturing promotional products?”

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