Quality of Our Products
When purchasing a sex toy, you should consider what it is made of... not just for the sensation, but also for your health. Just as you would be cautious about buying food or hygiene products that may have toxic materials in them, you should also be aware that some sex toy makers aren't using materials that are food or medical grade. This in turn may lead to health problems down the road.
Dangers in Phthalates
Phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) are "plasticizers" used to soften PVC vinyls. If vinyls do not have any softeners, they are basically very hard PVC plastic.
In 2006, the National Toxicology Program reviewed the science and concluded that:
"There is serious concern that certain intensive medical treatments of male infants may result in DEHP exposures levels that affect development of the male reproductive tract." "There is concern for adverse effects on development of the reproductive tract in male offspring of pregnant and breastfeeding women undergoing certain medical procedures that may result in exposure to high levels of DEHP."
Phthalate molecules are not chemically bound to the plastics they soften, and as such, phthalates can "break free" from plastic fairly easily, causing rubber and jelly toys to deteriorate over time. Some studies have reported that phthalates may mimic the female hormone estrogen.
Most recently, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency released a report on the safety of phthalates in sex toys. According to the report, titled Survey and Health Assessment of Chemical Substances in Sex Toys, using sex toys with phthalates for one hour a day or less poses no health risks unless you are pregnant or nursing.
At the same time, there is a move on the part of healthcare leaders in the U.S. and Europe to prefer products that don't contain phthalates in the interest of both patient and practitioner safety.
But the main reason sex toy manufacturers likely use phthalates is that it is inexpensive, and it is the way they�ve always done it. Unfortunately, the industry is rarely proactive about the health of their customers and instead responds only when there is strong pressure to do so.
The Coalition Against Toxic Toys, an adult-industry nonprofit organization advocating environmentally friendly and nonhazardous sex toys, has applauded the ban, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2009. According to CATT President Jennifer Pritchett, the ban "is a step in the right direction and will, hopefully, alert consumers to the dangers of phthalates and other toxic materials in all types of toys."
Greenpeace has called on the European Union to ban the use of chemical plastic softeners in sex toys because they contained dangerous substances known as phthalates.
Many of adult sex toys contain the same toxic substances that the European Union banned from use in children's toys. Greenpeace tested some of the toys and found that seven of the eight sex toys it had tested contained between 24 and 51 percent of phthalates.
Phthalates can disrupt the human hormonal system, diminishes fertility and adversely affects the kidneys and liver. The substance is used to soften plastics and PVC plastic. Banning phthalates would just mean that manufacturers would need to make nontoxic alternatives which is pretty easy to do. They just cost a little more.