Better Laws, Please


CPSIA took effect this week ostensibly to protect children from unsafe products.  Phthalates are now banned from being used in children’s products because it is believed they act like hormones and can do funky things to developing bodies.  Unfortunately, banning phtalates doesn’t mean you can assume the problem is solved.  Why?  Because the law doesn’t require manufacturers to disclose what they are using as a replacement.  For all we know, the replacement materials could be worse.  And you won’t be surprised to discover that Exxon Mobil, one of the major manufacturers of plasticizers, lobbied hard to remove provisions that would have protected the consumer.  Great job, Washington.  I feel better already.


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