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Phthalates or Phthalates-free Diaper: Money Matters

TitlePhthalates or Phthalates-free Diaper: Money Matters
Publication Type Research Reports
Year of Publication2021
Keywords

PhthalatestoxicslinkenvironmentIndiaNGODelhibaby diaperscorn bamboo organic cottonplasticchlorinesdyeshealthbiodegradable diaperscancerimmunityProcter & Gamblechildrenskin plasticizerssolventsemulsifiersDEHP DIBP BBPDBPEDCtoxiceco-friendlychemical-freeaffordable disposablePampersexposurelabellingsafety standards

Abstract

The present study is in continuation of our previous study which was undertaken in 2019to find out the presence of Phthalates in baby diapers available in the Indian market.The study shows the presence of DEHP in all samples except in one out of fifteen while BBP was found in 50% of the samples tested.Further the results represent that the claim by manufacturers of being phthalate-free or chemical-free is not true.It is observed that manufacturing of diapers without phthalates is possible, and the manufacturers need to come forward and voluntarily phase out phthalates from their diapers considering the large scale health and environmental hazards. Moreover, the government should come up with stringent regulations and facilitate the phase out.

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