Phthalates are a group of substances used for making plastics and rubber soft and smooth. They are used in several kinds of products, such as linoleum flooring, coated woven fabric and synthetic appliqués on clothing. Phthalates can also be found in paint and adhesives.
The substances can leach from materials and enter the body. Phthalates can enter our bodies through direct contact and sometimes indirect contact in the form of food. Phthalates have been detected in analyses of blood, breast milk and urine. Some phthalates are suspected hormone disruptors and can affect the testicles and make it more difficult to have children.
Some phthalates are suspected of being so harmful that they are banned in all toys and childcare articles, and some are banned in toys and childcare articles which can be placed in the mouth.
The rules on phthalates in toys and childcare articles apply to the phthalates DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP and DNOP.
Ask in the shop if the product contains phthalates so that you can make a conscious choice.