What are phthalates
Why should you try to stay away from phthalates?
This chemical has been linked to many illnesses, too many to list all of them. The list includes things like asthma, attention deficit disorder, diabetes,
If you thought that was bad news, here is
Steps to avoid
- Find labels that state exactly the product that is phthalate-free
- You can choose products that are packaged in glass and limit plastic packaging. Reusable water bottles such as this one are not only healthier for you but better for the environment.
- It is nearly impossible to avoid all products that come packaged in plastic. You can remove the item from the plastic packaging and place in glass. That will reduce the amount of contact time with the plastic has been made to reduce the exposure
- Avoid buying products that include fragrance as an ingredient.
Fragranceis a generic term that does not include all the ingredients used and it can contain various toxins
- Avoid buying vinyl products such as vinyl shower curtains, raincoats, baby change mats, vinyl floors and more
- If you do have vinyl or plastic items, avoid placing them in direct sunlight since this can release the chemicals in the air
- Avoid products that contain any of these ingredients, which
- Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)
- Diisononyl Phthalate (
- Dioctyl Phthalate (DNOP)
(2- Di ) Phthalate (DEHP) ethylhexl
- Diethyl Phthalate (DEP)
- Benzyl Butyl Phthalate (BBzP)
Dinhexyl (DnHP) Phthalate
- Diisodecyl Phthalate (
- Dimethyl Phthalate (DMP)
Unfortunately, phthalates are a bi-product of our modern life and a price to pay for convenience. It is useful but comes with a long list of suspected side effects. We can try to avoid it as consumers, but unless there is a government intervention that’s the best we can do. Never underestimate the power of awareness, though. In learning about the existence of phthalates and what to look for in your products that will lower your overall exposure and in so doing, your overall risk of getting an illness.