Phthalates

NASTY, not used in ecostore products

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High Health Hazard. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors and can bioaccumulate and persist in the environment.

Phthalates are a class of chemicals that are commonly used in plastics, clothing, cosmetics, perfumes and toys. They are classified as endocrine disruptors, which means they can affect hormones in the body. In experimental animals, exposure to phthalates has been shown to increase developmental abnormalities and increased fetal death. In 2004, a study showed that phthalates were detected in pooled breast milk samples from American women and in infant formula. Breast milk contaminated with phthalates was also linked to reproductive hormonal imbalances in infant boys. Phthalates can leach into food through plastic containers and are quite stable in the air so can travel long distances, while the effects of phthalate exposure is normally not seen until later in life. There are no U.S. regulations on the use of phthalates in children’s toys, although many manufacturers voluntarily stopped using phthalates in teethers and rattles in 1999. References: 1. U.S. EPA, Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children’s Health - Pthalates 2. Human Breast Milk Contamination with Phthalates and Alterations of Endogenous Reproductive Hormones in Infants Three Months of Age

INCI Name Phthalates
Common Name Phthalates
EWG Rating 10 - 10
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