Eastman Chemical Co. is offering an alternative to ortho phthalates, a class of traditional plasticizers under scrutiny for potential health and safety problems.
The Kingsport, Tenn., firm said its Eastman 168 is a drop-in replacement for conventional ortho phthalates in infant toys. Unlike other alternatives to ortho phthalates, Eastman 168 does not require toy material reformulation and resists extraction in soapy water and in the presence of coatings, Eastman said.
Eastman claims the product provides a “clean toxicology profile” that meets regulatory requirements. Eastman said the plasticizer is not an estrogen mimicker, does not disrupt hormones and is not carcinogenic.
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