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Phthalate-free PVC is a type of polyvinyl chloride manufactured without the use of the common softening agents known as phthalates. While phthalates help soften PVC, these chemicals have been scientifically proven to have detrimental effects for human health. By removing these chemicals, phthalate-free PVC aims to be much safer for consumers.
Phthalate-free PVC is commonly used to manufacture a range of products including sex toys, children’s toys, medical devices, and hoses.
Phthalates were once commonly used as a softening agent in a range of PVC goods, including sex toys like vibrators, dildos, anal beads, and penis sleeves. However, the use of phthalates fell out of favor when health professionals began to express concern about potential side effects. These professionals believed that individuals exposed to the chemical toxins may have an increased risk of endocrine disruption, breast cancer, metabolic interference, and a host of other disorders.
The sex industry has seen increased numbers of phthalate-free PVC toys hit the market following the ban of phthalates in major locations including Canada and some parts of the United States. Phthalate-free products are safer to use yet still replicate the soft, skin-like feel of traditional PVC goods. The soft texture of these products minimizes the risk of damage to the rectum or vagina. The material is also easy to clean and non-porous, which reduces the risk of bacterial breeding.
However, it’s important to note that just because a material is phthalate-free doesn't mean that it's free of all toxins. While phthalate-free PVC sex toys cannot legally contain phthalates, PVC cannot be soften without a chemical plasticizer, so some consumers are concerned that they may still contain chemicals which are hazardous to consumer health.