25 Apr '14, 9pm
Save green on Squooshi reusable squeeze pouches over at Abe's Market for Earth Day!
Phthalates are actually easy to pronounce (THAL-ates) but can be hard to avoid. They’re common in soft plastics, synthetic fragrances, and conventional personal care items like nail polish. Vinyl items like toys and shower curtains like can contain up to 40% phthalates by weight! They’re worth trying to avoid as they’ve been linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, and organ and nervous system damage. Like many chemicals, phthalates can easily escape from whatever they’re in. When they do, they wind up in our bodies, where they resist decay and accumulate over time. The more we encounter, the more we get stuck with. Studies show that virtually every single man, woman, and child in America has phthalates in their body today.