Potential health effects include:
- Adverse effects on development of male reproductive system:
- Decreased sperm count
- Undescended testes
- Malformation of the penis
Commonly found in:
- Vinyl flooring
- Building materials
- Children’s backpacks, lunch boxes
- Personal care products
Phthalates are found in most soft vinyl (PVC) products. Unfortunately, you can’t tell if there are phthalates in personal care products without laboratory testing. If the label says “fragrance,” it may have phthalates. To learn whether there are phthalates in your flooring, shower curtains, childrens’ lunchboxes, or other products, ask the manufacturer.
* Under our weak federal laws, it’s impossible for us to know all the uses of phthalates in consumer products. As a result, this is not an exhaustive list of all products containing phthalates.