Your kid’s toys may contain poison from oil companies, and one of the world’s largest corporations is fighting to keep these chemicals in.
Simple plastic toys may be posing danger to your child’s health. The chemicals found in children’s toys may also be present in your floors, kitchen storage, shower curtains, and laundry detergents. Some of these chemicals are so dangerous that they have been banned from use in products, and some just in children’s toys.
Chemicals that are banned in toys may still be used in your flooring and can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled.
ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest chemical companies, is now fighting to continue the use of phthalates, which are known to be endocrine-disrupting substances. This is especially dangerous for children, since their endocrine systems are still developing.
ExxonMobil is the world’s largest publicly held oil and gas company. Rex Tillerson, the CEO of the company and now also nominated as secretary of state by Trump, has been a controversial figure.
He is believed by many to prioritize money and corporate interests over the interests of consumers and the safety of the environment.
A recent investigation uncovered that the company knew about the effects of fossil fuels on global warming almost 40 years ago, but chose to refute the idea.
Because phthalates are so dangerous, Congress limited or banned several different types of phthalates in 2008. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) was given the task to determine whether these chemicals should be removed from children’s products also.
In their final report, the CPSC recommended banning 8 types of phthalates from children’s products. However, the organization has not yet finalized the ban.
Phthalates, also called plasticizers have been the subject of controversy for a while. According to Tox Town, an environmental website from the National Institutes of Health, phthalates are used to make plastic and vinyl more flexible.
We reported back in April of last year that phthalates are also found in fast food.
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