Phthalates soften plastic, so watch out for soft plastic toys – phthalates are commonly found in bath toys. Also be on the lookout for toys made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The PVC is filled with phthalates and also releases toxins into the air. 1
Three phthalates (BBP, DBP, and DEHP) were banned from toys in 2008 with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. But some toy manufacturers already had started phasing the toxins out of toy production in 1999 – Arco Toys, Chicco, Disney, Evenflo, The First Years, Gerber, Hasbro (Playskool), Little Tikes, Mattel (Fisher-Price), Safety 1st, Sassy, Shelcore Toys and Tyco Preschool stopped making teethers with phthalates.
Even though the phthalate ban is in effect, shop for toys that are labeled “phthalate-free” – or try to use latex or silicone toys and teethers, instead of plastic. 2
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