So, what the heck’s a Phthalate (THAL-ate)?
- Chemical made from petroleum.
- Used in personal care products and a large variety of plastics.
- Used to soften plastics and make them flexible (think shampoo bottle).
- Endocrine disrupting ()
If it’s primarily used in plastic, why is it in our personal care stuff?!
- Improves texture.
- Makes stuff spreadable.
- Enhances absorption (so, when it’s in your toxic stuff, it makes it even more harmful!).
Where else does it hide?
- Plastic Food Containers
- Pesticides (and the residue on your produce)
- Shower Curtains (vinyl ones)
- Diaper mats/changing pads
- Air Freshener Plug-ins
- Plastic Jewelry (think kids play stuff and Mardi Gras beads)
- Certain plastic toys
- Cosmetics, Personal Care & Perfumes
- Diaper creams, Baby lotions, etc
So, what’s the real scoop on our health?
- Studies (as published by the World Health Organization) found they interfere with our thyroid – a huge center for growth and development in our bodies.
- Considered a “gender-bending” chemical – studies have linked genital deformation, decreased birth rates and even DNA damage to phthalates.
- Also associated with Lower IQ, Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity.
- Scary bonus?! Phthalates cross the placenta barrier and can be passed from mother to baby – YIKES!
So, what’s a guy/gal to do?!
- Switch over to as much glass as possible for food/drinks (think Mason Jars, glass baby bottles, glass water bottles, and glass food storage).
- #ditchandswitch to all-natural personal care products ASAP (insert shameless RY plug here).
- Go cotton in the shower & toss the vinyl shower curtain.
- Look for #1, #2, and #5 plastics (those are phthalate-free).
- Scent your home naturally (we’ll have a fabulous DIY post soon on home air fresheners!).
- Buy organic food whenever possible, especially the dirty dozen ( from EWG).
- Peel that wallpaper off and get to painting!
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