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 Post subject: Phthalates
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 1:38 pm 
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Phthalates, called “plasticizers,” are a group of industrial chemicals used to make plastics like polyvinyl chloride (PVC) more flexible or resilient and also as solvents. Phthalates are nearly ubiquitous in modern society, found in, among other things, toys, food packaging, hoses, raincoats, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, wall coverings, lubricants, adhesives, detergents, nail polish, hair spray and shampoo.

Humans are widely exposed to phthalates because vinyl is a ubiquitous plastic used to make anything from home furnishings (for example, flooring, wallpaper), medical devices (for example, catheters, IV- and blood bags), children's items (for example, infant feeding bottles, squeeze toys, changing mats, teethers) to packaging (for example, disposable bottles, food wrap).

Beyond vinyl, humans are further exposed to phthalates in cosmetics and scented products such as perfumes, soaps, lotions and shampoos. Phthalates are also added to insecticides, adhesives, sealants and car-care products.

http://www.ewg.org/chemindex/term/480
http://www.ourstolenfuture.org/newscien ... alates.htm
http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmen ... a-47091707
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/ ... 6892.shtml


Phthalates in building products:
Healthy Building Network, http://www.healthybuilding.net
Contact: Bill Walsh, 202-232-4108, bill@healthybuilding.net

Phthalates in cosmetics:
Coming Clean, http://www.come-clean.org
Contact: Bryony Schwan, 406-543-3747, swan@womenandenvironment.org

Phthalates in medical devices:
Health Care Without Harm, http://www.noharm.org
Contact: Stacy Malkan, 202-234-0091, ext. 14, smalkan@hcwh.org

Phthalates in nail polish:
Environmental Working Group, http://www.ewg.org
Contact: Mike Casey, 202-667-6982, mcasey@ewg.org

Phthalates in toys:
Greenpeace Contact: Lisa Finaldi, lisa.finaldi@dialb.greenpeace.org

Websites:
For more information on phthalates, see:
The Our Stolen Future website

For more on the health effects of phthalates and evidence of body burden, see:
Recent report on phthalates from Health Care Without Harm and
The 2001 Centers for Disease Control report on body burden monitoring http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport


For more on phthalates in cosmetics, go to:
Recent report on phthalates in cosmetics and
http://www.ewg.org/pub/home/reports/bea ... chap3.html

For more on phthalates in medical devices, go to:
http://www.noharm.org/library/docs/Use_ ... Medica.pdf
http://www.noharm.org/library/docs/Goin ... e_Medi.pdf

For more on phthalates in vinyl toys and home furnishings, go to:
http://www.myhouseisyourhouse.org


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 Post subject: Re: Phthalates
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 8:54 pm 
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From a gardening standpoint, be sure to let the water run out of your vinyl hose for 30 seconds before you take a drink!


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