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Should we worry about phthalates?


This is an informative article about phthalates, which are chemicals that are used in PVC plastic. PVC plastic is widely used in everyday items. There has been concern about some phthalates and their possible impact on human health. Some phthalates are suspected endocrine disruptors, which means that it may be able to interfere with our hormone system and thereby cause harm. This article aims to provide a balanced view of the debate and the evidence.

Type of Activity

working independently



Age Group

14 to Teacher

This article provides information on phthalates, chemicals used in plastics that are suspected endocrine disruptors.


This is article from a series called 'Should we worry about..?' . The purpose of the series is to provide balanced information on chemicals that have had a high profile in the media. They are authored and approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry's Environment, Health and Committee (EHSC). One of the EHSC's aims is to help to improve the public image of chemistry and chemists by improving public understanding of the risks associated with the benefits of chemicals. To learn more about the EHSC, please go to .