Everyday, we hear and read about several chemicals that are used in various products that are an integral part of our day-to-day life for example, parabens, phthalates, etc. In this article, I will talk about Phthalates - one of the chemical that is found in various products such as toys, cosmetics and even fragrances.
What are Phthalates?
As per an article in chemical safety facts, "Phthalates are a family of chemical compounds primarily used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or vinyl, flexible and pliant. Phthalates are one of the most commonly used plasticizers in the world and are categorized as “high” or “low,” depending on molecular weight.
High phthalates include those with 7-13 carbon atoms in their chemical backbone, which gives them increased permanency and durability. Common types of high phthalates include diisononyl phthalate (DINP) and diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP)."
Why are they harmful?
As per another article in The Guardian, "In the past few years, researchers have linked phthalates to asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues."
How can phthalates be eliminated from our everyday life?
Although phthalate is a big group of chemical compounds which are used in different forms in different kinds of products therefore, it would be difficult for us to completely eliminate it from your daily life at once. However, you could always start with small steps for example, one of the common use of phthalates is that in fragrances. Look for perfumes, room sprays and candles that use oils that are phthalate free.
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