New report shows how to substitute phthalates

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They are found in the walls, floors and furniture of our homes and offices, in our children’s toys, in our favourite electric gadgets, in almost all packaging – they are even found in the groceries we buy from the supermarket. “What are”, you might ask?

Phthalates – the hard-to-spell chemical group that is used (mainly) as plasticisers in plastics.

Due to the rampant consumption of plastics in the world today, and the fact that phthalates are the go-to chemicals when it comes to plasticisers for this material, it means that these chemicals penetrate every nook and cranny of our daily lives.

Leaving out the world’s plastic consumption, this would not have been a big problem – had it not been for the fact that phthalates are toxic and hazardous for human health and the environment.

Phthalates have been on the agenda for a long time, and have been known to be hazardous for several decades. Despite this, they’re still used in copious amounts. There are safer alternatives available, it’s only a matter of switching to them” says Dr. Jonatan Kleimark, Senior Chemicals Advisor at ChemSec.



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