- June 29, 2019
Latest round of vinyl floor tests come up phthalate-free
Four years after environmental and health advocacy groups reported harmful phthalates invinyl flooring sold at popular stores, recent tests show the pressure to remove these hormone disrupting compounds worked.
The four organizations behind the testing—Ecology Center, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, the Environmental Health Strategy Center and Healthy Building Network—today announced that in 2018 they tested 10 vinyl floor tiles from The Home Depot, 13 tiles from Lowe's and three tiles from Lumber Liquidators. Their tests found no traces of the chemicals.
The report comes four years after the groups' 2015 tests found 58 percent of vinyl floor tiles purchased from Ace Hardware, build.com, Lowe's, Menards and Lumber Liquidators contained phthalates. After those tests the environmental groups lobbied stores to remove the chemicals—linked to hormone disruption, asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive and liver problems and certain cancers—which can leach from the materials and get into people.
The Home Depot was first to agree to a phase-out, quickly followed by the other stores.
The authors of the new report estimate "tens of millions of pounds" of phthalates were removed through these actions.
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