PHTHALATES – The “everywhere” chemical
Used as binders and plasticizers in everyday items, phthalates are found in so many places, including inside the bodies of 99% of people tested, this toxic family has been dubbed “the everywhere chemical.” But just because it’s everywhere doesn’t mean you need to accept that! By looking out for certain ingredients and looking for phthalate-free labeling, you can minimize your exposure to these chemmies just like I did in OVERLOAD.
Uses: cosmetics, children’s toys, food packaging, scented cleaners, PVC, flooring
Function: makes plastics & products more flexible & harder to break, makes fragrances last longer
Ingredient Names: phthalate, “fragrance,” PVC, vinyl, DBP, DEP, DEHP, DiNP, MEP
How to Avoid Them: don’t microwave plastics, avoid synthetic fragrances, avoid PVC & plastics labeled #3, look for phthalate-free label
Health Impacts: early onset puberty, lowered sperm count, hormone disruption