|Harmful chemicals are present in many daily use items such as personal care and cosmetic products, fragrances, household cleaning products, furniture, electronics, mattresses, carpets, wires, textiles, lighting, kitchen utensils and pots, food storage containers, clothes, office supplies, toys... What’s more, they are rarely on the product labels; or the label has many chemicals listed, and it’s hard to know which may be harmful. Here are some examples of chemicals about which there is significant concern, and which can be present in consumer products.|
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|toxic to reproduction||may be related to problems with children’s reproductive system, may disrupt hormone system||cosmetics, shampoos, moisturisers, fragrances, some older children’s toys (not in newer toys), textiles, carpets, furniture, plastic packaging, car interiors, baby changing mattresses, flooring, shower curtains and other items from polyvinyl chloride (PVC)|
|resist breaking down in environment (persistent), can build up in the body (bioaccumulative), may be toxic||may have negative effects on liver, brain, and nervous system, some may disrupt hormone system||mattresses, carpets, sofas and soft furniture, textiles (curtains, seat covers, etc) and clothing (some kids’ pyjamas), electrical goods (computer housings, laptops, mobile phones, TVs, DVDs), irons, lighting|
|resists breaking down (persistent); can build up in the blood and the liver (bioaccumulative), may be toxic||may cause developmental defects, damage the immune system, interfere with thyroid hormone||non-stick cookware (PFOA used in manufacture), outdoor water repellent clothing, food containers; carpets, upholstery|
|may disrupt hormone system, immune system||may damage male reproductive system; may increase risks for some cancers; may lead to obesity, insulin resistance, polycystic ovarian disease, miscarriage||baby bottles, water bottles, linings of food and drink cans, dental fillings and sealants, electrical and electronic goods|
* as found in tests on animals, which is a standard way to determine which chemicals are harmful for humans and need to be strictly controlled or banned.
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