More about phthalates: where they are used and for what

More about phthalates: where they are used and for what


According to trade association European Plasticisers, approximately 8.4 million metric tons of phthalates and other plasticizers (substances that make a material more flexible and malleable) are consumed worldwide each year.

Manufacturers add phthalates to consumer products to make the plastic more flexible and resistant to breakage. It is widely used in the production of children’s toys.

Phthalates are also found in detergents; vinyl floor coverings, furniture and shower curtains; lubricants and glues; products resistant to rain and pollution; clothes and shoes; and in many personal care products, including shampoo, soap, hairspray, and nail polish (added to make the scent last longer).

Previous studies have also linked phthalates to childhood obesity, asthma, heart disease, cancer and reproductive problems such as genital malformations and undescended testicles in boys, as well as low sperm count and testosterone levels in adult men.

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