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Phthalate Free Inks

Our Inks do not contain any Phthalates!

All Bright Baby Tees are printed with Phthalate & Formaldehyde Free Inks. Here is some info about phthalates, and why we are better off avoiding them as much as possible!

Phthalate-free inks

What are “Phthalates?”

Phthalates are a class of commonly used chemicals called plasticizers:

  • Used to create a flexible plastic film.
  • Used in inks to add flexibility, softness, and elongation.
  • Also used in cosmetics to bind the fragrance to the product.

Where Else Are Phthalates Used?

  • Often used in nail polish to make nail polish chip resistant.
  • Plastics in the kitchen.
  • In vinyl toys. Phthalates are what make vinyl (PVC) toys soft.
  • Paint. Paints and other hobby products may contain phthalates as solvents.
  • Cosmetics. Used to bind the fragrance to the product.
  • Vinyl Lawn furniture such as garden hoses, building materials, some raincoats, shower curtains.
  • Air Fresheners, similar to fragrances in personal care.

Our Inks do not contain any Phthalates!

Health Effects of Phthalates

  • Phthalates are a group of chemicals, some of which have endocrine disrupting properties, meaning that they can disturb normal hormonal processes, often at low levels of exposure. (IEPA 2000).
  • Exposure to phthalates is linked to birth defects of the genitals and altered levels of reproductive hormones in baby boys. An increased breast cancer risk is also suspected (Main 2006, Swan 2005, Marsee 2006). Phthalates in building products have also been linked to asthma. (Mendell, 2007)
  • Human testing by the federal government finds phthalates in almost all of the population, with the highest levels in children ages 6 to 11 years and in women (CDC 2005 Indoor Air).
  • DINP (one type of phthalate) is commonly used as an additive in children’s toys. Studies have demonstrated possible links between DINP and adverse impacts on the reproductive system, kidneys, liver, and blood.

Types of Phthalates (for further research)

If you thought the word "Phthalate" was hard to spell, "you ain't seen nothin' yet"! The below list is for research purposes for those interested (we don't recommend trying to spell any of them!)

  • Dimethyl Phthalate DMP
  • Diethyl Phthalate DEP 8
  • Diallyl Phthalate DAP
  • Di-n-propyl Phthalate DPP
  • Di-n-butyl Phthalate DBP
  • Diisobutyl Phthalate DIBP
  • Butyl Cyclohexyl Phthalate BCP
  • Di-n-pentyl Phthalate DNPP
  • Dicyclohexyl Phthalate DCP
  • Butyl Benzyl Phthalate BBP
  • Di-n-hexyl Phthalate DNHP
  • Diisohexyl Phthalate DIHxP
  • Diisoheptyl Phthalate DIHpP
  • Butyl Decyl Phthalate BDP
  • Di(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate DEHP
  • Di(n-octyl) Phthalate DNOP
  • Diisooctyl Phthalate DIOP
  • n-Octyl n-decyl Phthalate ODP
  • Diisononyl Phthalate DINP
  • Diisodecyl Phthalate DIDP
  • Diundecyl Phthalate DUP
  • Diisoundecyl Phthalate DIUP
  • Ditridecyl Phthalate DTDP
  • Diisotridecyl Phthalate DIUP
  • Permanent ban
  • Di-n-butyl Phthalate DBP
  • Butyl Benzyl Phthalate BBP
  • Di(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate DEHP

Prohibited Pending further study

  • Di(n-octyl) Phthalate DNOP
  • Diisononyl Phthalate DINP
  • Diisodecyl Phthalate DIDP

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