4 Materials to Avoid in an Eco-Friendly Home


The chemicals known as phthalates show up in everything from perfume and shower curtains to glue and insecticides – so they aren’t that easy to avoid. According to the National Library of Medicine, exposure to phthalates comes through “air, water, or food,” and though the effects of phthalates aren’t confirmed, they are “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Steer clear of them in your kitchen by avoiding food packaged (or stored) in plastic or cans, and microwaving leftovers in glass bowls instead of plastic.