Phthalates are found in soft plastics and have been proven to disrupt the reproductive health and functionality of the human body, regardless of age or gender.
Phthalates encompass 25 chemicals which can be found in goods ranging from sex toys to water bottles to cosmetics. They serve only one purpose, which is to make cheap plastics more pliable, bendable and soft, like as in a flowy shower curtain liner, for example. The dangers of using phthalates are not discussed at length in the media, which makes it hard for people to know the risk they are taking when purchasing these products. Inexpensive products + ignorance about ingredients = rampant phthalate production and consumption.
I believe it is time to stop the manufacturing and consumption of these products. So, here are the top five reasons to avoid phthalates:
5. Many Other Countries Have Banned Them
Other nations have put strict bans on phthalates long ago after evidence from scientific studies deemed them to be very harmful to humans’ reproductive health over time. Since a Danish study in 1997, the European Union has banned the use of phthalates in the production all goods sold in Europe, from household wares to double-sided dildos.
4. Reducing Environmental Impact
Phthalates don’t just affect humans, they impact a large portion of the animal kingdom, namely egg-laying and marine species. Believe it or not, people who use phthalates have phthalates in their urine. This urine eventually makes it’s way to waterways, where it harms the reproductive capabilities of birds, fish and marine mammals. The phenomenon is so widespread, many species have been threatened by weakening egg shells and male infertility.
The only green thing about phthalates is that they can be recycled. A good rule of thumb for identifying phthalates in your everyday products is to check for the recycling code #3 on the bottom. Speaking of which, did you know that you can recycle your unwanted sex toys? Read all about how reduce waste by recycling your dildos here.
3. You Plan on Birthing a Baby at Some Point
The most susceptible populations to the negative effects of phthalates are women and children. Like mercury, the phthalates build up in the body and can’t be removed, so the more often you come into contact with them the higher your internal level of phthalates will be. Simply put, phthalates gather in the womb in the same way that disco freaks flocked to Studio 54 in the ’70s. And, like partying at Studio 54, partying with phthalates may be extremely fun, but can also have disastrous consequences to the long term and overall health of you and your child(ren).
Strangely enough, a build up of phthalates in the womb significantly decreases the distance between the anus and genitals of the forming fetus. The distance is called the anogenital distance, or AGD, and one quarter of American males suffering from reproductive disorders and infertility as an adult have been linked to mothers with high levels of phthalates in the womb. A shortened AGD in females creates a greatly increased likelihood of chronic urinary tract infections due to the extreme physical closeness of the urethra and the anus.
2. You’re Not Into Cancer
Phthalates are known cancer-causing agents. In particular, they have been directly linked to the abnormal cell growth which causes liver, breast and kidney cancer. The reason why this occurs has been tracing to leaching of the chemical Disononyl Phthalate (DINP) from the products containing phthalates. DINP has also been found to leach in higher concentrations when inserted into an orifice or when heated. Both of these scenarios are bad news for sex toys with DINP in them.
1. They’re Not Made for Internal Use
One of the sad facts of being in the sex toy industry is that a lot of products are not viewed as medical devices or for anything other than a novelty use, like a gag gift, while meanwhile they are being put into peoples bodies on a regular basis. That’s why they are classified in the health and beauty part of the FDA. This government classification makes it easier for potentially dangerous products to pass through scientific reports, as opposed to the harsher regulations for medical devices.
Since the majority of sex toys are manufactured in factories located halfway across the globe, and the materials used in the making of them aren’t required to be listed on the packaging, it can be very difficult to know what you are buying and putting into your or your partner’s body. To make living a phthalate-free life easier, here is a complete guide to finding out what your toy is made from.
Spicy Gear indicates which toys are and aren’t phthalate-free in our product descriptions of toys containing plastic. For instance, the soft plastic Belladonna Extreme Vibrating Vagina and Ass and Doc Johnson’s Willie Wrapper are both listed as phthalate-free, while their competitors very similar products like Janine’s Realistic Vibrating Vagina and the Virtual Bunny Ring are not.
If phthalates are a concern for you, be sure to research the products you are interested in purchasing beforehand, or simply steer clear from plastics all together. If you’re as adamant about avoiding phthalates as I am, you’ll always be safe from phthalates by using a metal, pure silicone or glass toy. Or, just shop our awesome phthalate-free toy section.
We are always happy to help select a product that suits your needs and we strive to keep our customers informed about any possible dangers associated with adult product usage. Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr or give us a call if you have any inquiries about phthalates and our products. We’re happy to help you stay as healthy as possible, all while having the time of your life.