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Phthalates in footwear

Providing an insight into the regulations surrounding the presence of phthalate plasticisers in footwear and consumer products – legislation which can be complex.

Phthalates are a group of chemical plasticisers that are frequently added to polymer formulations to change the flexibility and durability of the final plastic. These substances are commonly used to soften polyvinyl chloride (PVC), combatting the naturally very rigid and hard properties of unplasticised PVC ('uPVC') to create a much softer and malleable final material.

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