Phthalates are everywhere so what can I do?

Phthalates are used in everyday items, including cosmetics

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Phthalates are used in everyday items, including cosmetics. Image via Gilbert Rodriguez.

Lately, it seems like a new study on the health impacts of phthalates comes out every week. The chemicals are everywhere: they are used in everything from household cleaners to food packaging to fragrance, cosmetics, and personal-care products.

Consumers can take matters into their own hands by avoiding products packaged in “recycling-code-3” plastic, products that include the vague ingredient “fragrance” on their label, and purchasing organic products packaged in glass as much as possible.

Sources and more information

  • Phthalates are everywhere, and the health risks are worrying. How bad are they really?, theguardian, 2015/feb/10.
  • Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (Chap) on Phthalates, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report, July 2014.

Author: DES Daughter

Activist, blogger and social media addict committed to shedding light on a global health scandal and dedicated to raise DES awareness.

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