Talk to your healthcare team
Ask your healthcare teams if it’s possible to use phthalate-free (non-PVC) tubing and IV bags. This is especially important if you have procedures such as blood transfusions or dialysis, if you’re pregnant or if the procedure is for an infant or young child. It may not always be possible to use non-PVC equipment, especially in an emergency situation. Equipment with PVC plastics may be used to save your life.
Check your children’s toys and supplies
Health Canada currently restricts the levels of DEHP, dibutylphthalate (DBP) and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) allowed in children’s toys and products. They also restrict the levels of DINP, diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP) and di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP) allowed in children’s toys and products if they are likely to be placed in a child’s mouth.
If you are not sure if a product contains phthalates, ask the manufacturer.
Check your food containers
Some foods may have low levels of phthalates because they are used in the plastics used to prepare and package the food. You can try to use glass storage containers, or soft plastics, like plastic wrap, made of low-density polyethylene (LDPE).
Check your cosmetics and personal care products
In Canada, all cosmetic products (for example, makeup, hairspray, body lotion) should be labelled with their ingredients. You can check the ingredients to see if these products have phthalates. Look for the phthalate’s full name. For example, check the ingredients list for dibutyl phthalate and diethyl phthalate.