The Wikipedia defines phthalates as chemical compounds also known as phthalate esters. These chemical compounds are chiefly used with polyvinyl chloride to make flexible plastics. Phthalates are also used in nail polish, adhesives, cosmetic products, shampoo and soap, after-shave lotions, solvents, caulking, paint, and sex toys. The sex toy manufacturer has a warning to use their product with a condom. I wonder how many people heed their warning? They should.
Phthalates are considered a potential disrupter of human genital development. What does that mean? It has been shown in male animals that there can be poor testicular development, and in females, they may have labial and clitorial abnormalities. Several studies have analyzed the percentage of phthalates in urine and shown an association between phthalate exposure and low sperm counts, low sperm motility, poor semen quality, and a higher percentage of abnormally shaped sperm.
The National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey conducted by the CDC shows that more than 75% of the subjects screened have some amount of phthalates present in their urine. Other studies in Germany have shown the percentage to be as high as 90%. This is not surprising, considering industries have managed to put phthalates in almost every part of our environment, including our drinking water and the air that's monitored inside our homes.
What does this mean? And is there a solution?
Packaging in plastic bottles can be changed to glass which is recycable and less damaging to the environment and our health. Changing the formulas for solvents, paints, shampoos and soaps is a must. At this point in time, we are damaging our environment and producing more and more abnormalities in living organisms. It's time to re-think how and what we put on this earth and it's long term affects.