Archive for the 'Phthalates' Category

Stories and/or research dealing with DEP (diethyl phthalate), DMP (dimethyl phthalate) and DBP (dibutyl phthalate).

Consumers Concerned about Effects of Plastics on Human Health and the Environment

Published: 17 July 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Recycling, Sustainability

According to “TIME,” consumers are concerned about chemicals leaching out of some common types of plastic and the potential harmful effects on the human body as well as what the plastic garbage is doing to the environment. The U.S. reportedly produced 28 million tons of plastic waste in 2005, 27 million tons of which […]

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BPA and Phthalates Linked to Early Puberty among Girls

Published: 16 July 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

The “Sacramento Bee” reports endocrine disrupters, which include plastic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, may be partly to blame for early puberty among girls. Reproductive health advocates are reportedly urging lawmakers to make sure chemical ingredients in consumer products are fully disclosed. Link to Full Article

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Phthalates Linked to Reproductive Defects in Males

Published: 14 May 2008
Category: Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

According to “U.S. News & World Report,” phthalates, which are widely used as softening agents for certain plastics, may be linked to reproductive defects in males. Such “endocrine disrupting” chemicals play a central role during development. Using glass containers is reportedly one way to reduce contact with such chemicals. Link to Full Article

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War on Toxic Chemicals Rages in Canada

Published: 5 May 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/Federal Regulations

The “Globe and Mail” reports the “war against toxic chemicals has never been higher on the political agenda” in Canada than now, as the Canadian federal government announced earlier this month it intends to ban the controversial chemical bisphenol A from plastic baby bottles, and Parliament passed a separate private member’s bill restricting the use […]

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Plastic Reportedly Comes with a Price

Published: 24 April 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer link & plastic packaging, Hormonal Changes, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/Federal Regulations

The “Washington Post” reports using plastic for convenience may come with a price. Many scientists and environmental advocates now believe man-made components in plastics — particularly a group of compounds called phthalates and another hormonally active chemical known as bisphenol A, or BPA — can leach harmful chemicals that get absorbed into our bodies. […]

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“Plastic Water Bottles are an Ocean Menace”

Published: 18 April 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Sustainability

According to the “Santa Cruz Sentinel,” “Research shows that not only are plastic bottles bad for the environment [especially the ocean], but that they may present a health risk to the public as well.” A recent study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council concluded one-third of the 1,000 bottles of bottled water that […]

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Bottles “Pour More than Water”

Published: 9 April 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

According to the “Greenville Online,” in response to the April 2008 issue of “Nutrition Action” from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, some consumers are increasingly concerned that bottles may “pour more than water.” The article cites a growing concern that some of the chemicals in certain plastics, such as bisphenol A […]

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Exposure to Plastics Chemicals In Childhood Linked to Adult Cancer Rates

Published: 28 March 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Cancer link & plastic packaging, Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates

“Health Day News” reports environmental toxins, such as the plastics chemicals bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, may be tied to breast cancer. Exposure to plasticizers and other chemicals in childhood may also increase adult cancer rates. Link to Full Article

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Study Reveals Heavy Metals and Phthalates Found in Plastic Bottled Water Samples

Published: 14 March 2008
Category: PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/Federal Regulations

Research on toxic chemicals in bottled water (Signorile, G., A. Neve, et al. (2007). “Evaluation of toxic chemical parameters and ecotoxicity levels in bottled mineral waters.” J Prev Med Hyg 48(1): 10-6) revealed that heavy metals, phthalates, characterizing elements, CO2 concentrations and pH and hardness levels were measured in forty samples of bottled mineral waters. The research did not find a significant release of phthalates from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers.

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Scientific Study Reveals Phthalates Leach from Plastic Toys and Food Containers

Published: 14 March 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/Federal Regulations

The results of a plastics chemical migration study (Bosnir, J., D. Puntaric, et al. (2007). “Migration of phthalates from plastic products to model solutions.” Coll Antropol 27 Suppl 1: 23-30) aimed to determine the level and rate of migration of phthalates, compounds used as plastic softeners, from various plastic products into model solutions and to assess the potential adverse health effects of phthalates on human health. The research revealed that according to the plastic product categories, the highest pooled level of phthalates released to all three solutions was recorded for plastic toys (66.2 mg/kg), followed by food containers (37.6 mg/kg) and other consumer goods (27.4 mg/kg).

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