plas•tic al•ba•tross
(plas-tik lb-tros)

1. The Plastic Albatross is a community-focused campaign that provides helpful information about toxins in PLASTICS and other household products, and how these substances affect our health and environment.

2. We encourage local families, businesses, and organizations to limit their exposure to and consumption of plastic and commonly used toxic chemicals to work toward a toxin-free future!

Phthalates

What are Phthalates?

A family of chemicals used to add flexibility and resilience in a variety of common products.

Where are they found?

Phthalates are often called the “EVERYWHERE” toxin.

  • vinyl flooring, vinyl shower curtains, and children’s toys
  • personal care products, such as perfumes, nail polish, cosmetics, shampoos, soaps, detergents, and lotions
  • medical devices, such as IV bags and tubing that are made with PVC
  • automobile interiors, lubricants, and paint
  • our air, water, and soil due to industrial pollution and leaching from consumer products
  • pesticides
  • food packaging

Why are they are harmful?

Scientific studies on humans have found these chemicals are associated with:

  • abdominal obesity
  • insulin resistance
  • reproductive dysfunction, such as abnormal teste
  • asthma
  • liver and kidney damage

How can we avoid them?

It is hard to avoid phthalates, because the FDA doesn’t require their listing on product ingredients.

To reduce your exposure:

Phthalate Products to Avoid & Suggested Alternatives
Lose Use
vinyl building materials wood, metal or stone
PVC Packaging products packaged in paper
vinyl shower curtains cotton or hemp
PVC Toys wood
vinyl plastic wrap aluminum foil, waxed paper bags, biodegradable plastic
plastic food storage glass or ceramic containers
any product with one of these ingredients

  • “fragrance”
  • DEHP
  • di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
  • Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
  • BzBP
  • benzylbutyl phthalate
  • DBP
  • di-n-butyl phthalat
  • DEP
  • diethyl phthalate
choose products with a short list of recognizable ingredients