Water Pollutants

Lauryn Hayes

Pthalates

The greatest use of phthalate is as a plasticizer for polyvinylchloride (PVC). Many packaging products contain several types of phthalates. Phthalates most commonly contaminate your water because of rubber and plastic factory's discharge.

Problems

Low-dose toxicity of phthalates during crucial windows of fetal development can produce dramatic changes in male sexual characteristics when exposure takes place in utero, at levels far beneath those of previous toxicological concern.
What Are Phthalates & What Are They In?

What the Experts Say

"Phthalate esters, used in the production of various plastics (including PVC), are among the most common industrial chemicals. Their ubiquity in the environment and tendency to bioconcentrate in animal fat are well known. Recently, it has been suggested that environmental estrogens may be etiological agents in several human diseases, including disorders of the male reproductive tract and breast and testicular cancers. "-http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1519124/

Can be found in.....

plastic factories, kids toys, beauty products