Phthalates Serves Some Very Important Uses

Phthalates are used in large variety of products, not only used at plastic products but it also used at kid toys, cosmetics and other flexible things. Even it has a benefits but there are also a lots risks. Phthalates is only one from a thousands controversial chemical that serves some very important uses. Dr. Shanna Swan, an epidemiologist at the University of Rochester Medical School on “60 Minutes” talk about this chemical has found in the mother’s urine during pregnancy, its mean the problem occured in baby.

According to Wikipedia

Phthalates, or phthalate esters, are esters of phthalic acid and are mainly used as plasticizers (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity).

Banned in Europe and Australia
In U.S. and Canadian regulators have not proactive, A 2003 European Union directive bans this danger chemicals used in cosmetics and sold in europe. In this early 2010, Australia also ban on item containing more than 1% Diethylhexyl phthalate.

  • john

    Australia banned items containing more than 1% of ONE of the chemicals called phthalates. The EU only bans those used in certain toys, and only 3 are actually banned even then. 3 others are restricted in items that can be taken in the mouth. The US and Canada both rely on the fact that no studies have proven any harm in the chemicals.