Phthalates are chemicals that are often added to plastics like sex toys, nail polish and artificial leather. Now, they're also part of a string of chemicals found to cause breast cancer, asthma, infertility and birth defects. Luckily, most organic products avoid using these chemicals in their packaging. Here's what you can do to keep your family safe…
Phthalates already have a bad reputation in the health industry.
And it’s no wonder, now that certain toys contaminated with phthalates have been found to trigger asthma in children.
Phthalates are found in fragranced products like perfume and air freshener.
Now there’s even more reason to stay away from products that include phthalates in their composition or ingredient listing.
Phthalates could be behind rising infertility stats and childhood cancers
That’s because phthalates have been found to harm female fertility and have been linked with rising rates of childhood illnesses including leukaemia, says IOL Lifestyle.
But phthalates aren’t the only chemicals to come under fire for harming health.
Bisphenol A, which is found in a host of daily items including tin cans and sunglasses, also interferes with the natural hormones that are key to our growth, development and overall health.
Together, the chemicals are being called a chemical threat as they can be inhaled in dust, ingested in food or simply ingested by licking your fingers.
These ‘gender-bending’ chemicals can lead to obesity
, infertility, learning and memory difficulties, adult-onset diabetes
or cardiovascular disease.
And these chemicals can be absorbed into drinks and food from the cheap containers they come in.
While the EU is looking to ban these chemicals, here’s what you can do to protect your family in the meantime.
Keep your family safe from gender-bending chemicals like phthalates by going organic
“The pretty label and sweet scent may mask something much less pleasant,” warns the NRDC.
So while they’re more expensive, it’s better to go for organic products as far as possible as they’re less likely to contain these chemicals in their packaging and pesticides on the product, says Health Bytes.
It might look less attractive but organic really is better for your family’s health!