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What are Phthalates?

Phthalates are a number of chemicals mixed together to make plastics more flexible. They are found in many day to day items such as plastic water bottles, cosmetics, insect repellents and some children's toys.

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Liquid state
  • High boiling point and low melting point
  • Re activity with Oxygen (turns into vapor)
  • Soluble

Health and Environmental Impacts

Phthalates act similarly to hormones in our bodies and creates problems and changes reproductive organs and hormones in men and children. They also increase risk of runny nose, allergies and eczema. Phthalates can be released to air as a vapor and mixed with other chemicals in the air before it is broken down. We can also possibly consume it if we drink contaminated water as it could flow into our systems (does not break down in water). This is both toxic to aqua life and humans.

Reducing Exposure

  • Use reusable or non-plastic water bottles
  • Check products for Phthalates free labels
  • Do not put plastics in the microwave
  • Avoid coloured paperclips and bindings; go for metal ones
  • Try to use more non-plastic items