What are phthalates?pronounded 'thal-ates' are chemicals used in production of plastics to make them softer and more pliable, used as a plasticizer (substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity) they have been used since the 1920's, derived from phthalic acid, phthalates are used in many products from perfume, pesticide, plastics and sex toys.The most widely-used phthalates are the di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate (DEHP), the diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP) and the diisononyl phthalate (DINP)
The use of chemicals in sex toy production has gone unregulated and has only had limited exposure most prominently from Greenpeace who called to have the use of phthalates banned in sex toys for the sake of our health and the environment.
Ethical SexToys have taken all this information very seriously and feel it is our mission to educate the public about the potential health risks and the environmental damage being caused by the use of toxic chemicals. We only sell products that are guaranteed 100% phthalate free from either medical grade silicone or natural materials such as metal, glass, wood and ceramic.
Why are phthalates bad for the environment?Phthalates are easily released into the environment because there is no bond between the phthalates and plastics in which they are mixed. As the material ages the rate of release accelerates, they take a long time to break down and degrade.
Why are phthalates harmful to the body?There is a growing body of research that suggests phthalates have a toxic effect, including hormone disruption affecting female estregen levels and the male reproductive system.
Studies on rodents have revealed that when exposed to very large doses, phthalates can cause damage to the liver, lungs, kidneys, testes and can cause hormonal disruption. The latest research indicates that exposure to these substances can upset the body's ability to regulate hormone production, damage reproduction, and cause cause liver and kidney defects. They can also possibly cause cancer.
In 2006, the National Toxicology Program reviewed the science and concluded that:
"There is serious concern that certain intensive medical treatments of male infants may result in DEHP exposures levels that affect development of the male reproductive tract."
"There is concern for adverse effects on development of the reproductive tract in male offspring of pregnant and breastfeeding women undergoing certain medical procedures that may result in exposure to high levels of DEHP."
Essentialy phthalates are are toxic chemicals that can be absorbed through the vaginal or anal wall and contact with the body.
How to tell if your sex toy has phthalates in it…
- How does it smell - bad chemicals?
- Is it soft-feel and pliable?
- Is it made from 'jelly'
- Is it a cheap sex toy?
If your sex toy is made from 'jelly' or latex it will most likely be toxic. Phthalate free sex toys are made from medical grade silicone, or any natural material.
If you are in doubt check with your brand of sex toy if they are phthalate free it will be clearly stated on the packaging or their website.
ethicalsextoys.co.uk only ever sell natural materials and phthalate free silicone sex toys for a body-safe sex toy experience.