Facts on Plasticizers

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  • Plasticizers make plastics, paints, varnishes, adhesives, and other products flexible. Global estimates of plasticizer production are approximately 6 million metric tons.
  • Plastics dominate the plasticizers market.
  • Flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) dominates the plasticizers-use market, consuming 80-90% of all plasticizer production according to IHS.
  • Phthalates, in turn, dominate the plasticizers market, accounting for 78% of all plasticizers manufactured globally according to IHS. Phthalates are also used in fragrances in personal care and cleaning products.
  • It is well known that plasticizers migrate from PVC and enter the surrounding environment.
  • The following phthalates are restricted from various children’s products in Europe and the U.S.: BBP, DBP, DEHP, DIDP, DINP, and DNOP.