Sunday, September 14, 2008

Phthlates - Carter "tagless" baby clothes

Z Recommends recently published an article pointing to the possibility that Carter's tagless clothes may contain phthlates. This was looked into because some children have had irritation from the clothes, and pediatricians have actually perscribed anti-itch and other drugs to fix the problem.. .When really, the problem may be the clothes.

So what are phthlates?

Okay to be fair, here are a variety of links:



The Risk Assessment Reports (not yet summarised by GreenFacts) are available on the website of the European Chemicals Bureau:
DEHP (mainly used in PVC and other plastics, but aslo sealants, adhesives, paints, lacquers, printing inks, and ceramics; Main conclusions: There is a need for limiting the risks to workers, consummers, and the general public, as well as to ecosystems near industrial sites using DEHP.)
BBP (mainly used in PVC - particularly in flooring - and other plastics, but also sealants, adhesives, paints, coatings, and inks. Main conclusions: To protect human health, there is no need for risk reduction measures beyond those which are being applied already.)

My thoughts: Basically, in the past hundred or so years, we've moved from natural products (not that natural means safe) and have made new products.. plastic, obviously is everywhere. The "plasticizers" at times can potentially be harmful. The remnants of these are already being found in breastmilk and even the mainstream American Academy of Pediatrics has published reports indicating that phthlates (said thay-lates) are harmful to fetal and infant development. If mainstream communities are showing this, then, you can imagine what progressive groups think of these items, right?

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