Media lessons on plastics

The chemical industry must really be getting irritated by the continued sensationalism of supposed toxic consumer products (especially brought on by the media).I just got this email from the American Chemistry Council stating the facts about phthalates on consumer products:

Attention: MediaConsumer Products that Do Not Contain Phthalates

This media alert is in response to inaccurate statements about phthalates that have been perpetuated in the news cycle in recent months.Phthalate esters, or orthophthalates, are commonly used in a wide variety of vinyl products to make them flexible and durable. In the U.S., these plastic products are typically not made of vinyl (and thus are not made with phthalates):

  • Food packaging
  • Baby bottles and baby bottle nipples
  • Plastic water bottles
  • Plastic food containers
  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)

Plastic food wrap is typically softened with plasticizers other than phthalate esters.The American Chemistry Council is happy to answer your questions about phthalates and to provide more information about where phthalates are used. Please contact us or visit for more information.

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