Avoiding Phthalate Exposure
Phthalates, preservatives for fragrance and used as a softener for vinyl, have been linked to birth defects, diabetes, weight gain and breast cancer.
Phthalates are found in almost everything in our home. In this video I’ll show you how to begin identifying phthalates in some household products, and how to avoid exposure. Phthalates are not usually listed in the ingredients and are even in products listed as “all natural” or “unscented”. Air fresheners, scented candles, perfume, and scented body lotions generally contain phthalates and are easy to replace with safer options. Here I’ll show you how to make an odor absorber for stinky shoes, without phthalates or other harmful chemicals. You can use this deodorizer in your closet, drawers, or even near food trash too!
This PDF is a great reference tool for finding phthalates in your home. Click HERE The information in this PDF will help you learn how to determine if products are packaged in containers made with phthalates. Fortunately, none of the products sold in my Health Store contain phthalates as fragrance preservatives, or are packaged in containers made with phthalates or BPA. Anything that has “fragrance” on the label is scented with essential oils or other natural plant compounds.
More on phthalates from NRDC.org
“Air fresheners have become a staple in many American homes and offices, marketed with the promise of creating a clean, healthy, and sweet-smelling indoor atmosphere. But many of these products contain phthalates (pronounced thal-ates)—hazardous chemicals known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects, and reproductive problems. NRDC’s independent testing of 14 common air fresheners, none of which listed phthalates as an ingredient, uncovered these chemicals in 86 percent(12 of 14) of the products tested, including those advertised as “all- natural” or “unscented.”
The difficulty of avoiding general exposure is all the more reason to eliminate further exposure in an environment over which you have much more control—your home.”
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