Found in consumer products

Endocrine disrupting chemicals are found in many consumer products. Phthalates are, for example, used to make plastic soft and can be found in many products such as toys, electric cables, shower curtains and also in cosmetic products.

Parabens are preservatives used in many cosmetic and personal care products and food items. UV filters are used in sunscreens, food packaging and inks for printing. Brominated flame retardants are added to furniture and electronic goods migrate from them, and can appear in high concentrations in house dust and are widespread in the environment.

Diet is a major source of exposure to many EDCs, from pesticides sprayed on fruit and vegetables to substances widely used in packaging materials and containers. EDCs are also found in a wide range of products including cash receipts, paints, gasoline, furniture, preserved wood and breast implants, as well as being used in processes such as dry cleaning and leather treatment.

There could potentially be a great many more EDCs but as yet very few chemicals have been adequately tested for endocrine disrupting properties.