What are phthalates?

13/05/2020 — By Charlotte Vohtz

What are phthalates?

Phthalates are a group of chemicals classed as plasticisers and are used to keep some materials flexible and to prevent them becoming rigid and brittle. They are most commonly used in the plastic PVC, but are also used in a wide range of other plastics used as packaging materials as well as in pharmaceuticals, personal care products and even foods.

Phthalates are being increasingly linked to a range of serious health conditions including chronic hormone imbalances, obesity, ADHD, breast cancer and birth defects. Several governments have introduced controls and limits on the use of some types of phthalate, but worldwide production of these plasticisers is still in the region of 6 million tonnes annually.

Green People do not use phthalates in any of its products, nor in any of the plastics used to package its products.

 

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