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Toxic plastics and phthalates


The phthalates they are chemical compounds harmful to health that are widely used in many products of daily use; we find them everywhere, in food containers, in some fabrics, in plastic bottles ... but the list is very long. Reducing exposure to phthalates is not easy but being aware of their spread could already help you.


Toxic plastics and phthalates, the list
Phthalates are widely used in addition to plastic to make it more flexible, so we find these substances in bottles, bags, bags, tools, containers and trays of all kinds. But their use is not limited to plastics. Here is a list of products that may have phthalates:

  • Building material
  • Paints, varnishes, inks for printers
  • Wax, adhesives, glue
  • Polyvinyl products
  • Packaging material
  • Detergents
  • Shower curtain;
  • Modeling clay
  • Pharmaceutical capsules, some creams
  • Pre-packaged food products
  • Food containers
  • Certain fabrics
  • Cleaning products
  • Perfumes, cosmetics, soap, personal care products, shampoo, hairspray, baby lotions

How to reduce exposure to phthalates, the indications

  • Do not eat canned foods, prefer fresh ones as much as possible
  • Avoid environmental deodorants, replace them with essential oils you find in herbal medicine
  • Before buying a cosmetic, check the labels and make sure they are free from phthalates
  • Also pay close attention to the shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and soap: read the label
  • Use only paints made with volatile organic compounds (VOC or VOC)
  • Buy toys made with natural materials such as wood, avoiding substandard items of undoubted origin
  • Prefer glass containers over plastic ones
  • Wash the laundry with organic detergents
  • Also for home cleaning rely on natural / organic products
  • Store liquids such as water in glass bottles

Thanks to these useful indications, it will be easier to reduce contact with phthalates; it's about being more careful and using alternative products. It will greatly benefit your health and that of the environment.

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