Help get toxic chemicals out of our food and homes
Chemicals known as phthalates (pronounced THAL-eights) threaten children’s health, especially after pregnant women are exposed.
They’re in our meals, because they leach out of material used to process and package food.
They’re in some plastics in the products we buy.
They’re in some fragrances that scent our shampoos and cleaning products.
Prenatal exposure to some phthalates affects brain development and has been linked to learning and behavior problems in children. Some phthalates are associated with a genital birth defect in baby boys that may increase the risk of testicular cancer and lower fertility.
Our national campaign calling on major companies to eliminate phthalates from the food and products they make or sell.
For consumers, it’s very difficult to prevent exposure to phthalates. Consumers usually have no way of knowing whether there are phthalates in their food or products.
That’s why we’re demanding that the largest manufacturers and retailers take responsibility. They need to sell safer food and safer stuff.
Large companies have lots of power in the marketplace. Big-name companies may seem invincible, but we’ve already seen corporate giants make major changes in response to consumer pressure.