Ever thought about toxins in your sex toys?

So you’re an enlightened green consumer. You buy organic food and take it home from the local market. Your coffee is cloudy and fair, your water is solar heated, and your car is a hybrid. But how to use organic cotton for growing fun – how sensitive are they to health and the environment?

Few environmentally conscious consumers think chemicals are used to make their intimate equipment. Yes, these things – from rabbit rabbit’s vibrator to sleeves and rings, shapes from artificial women to flowers. If these things seem unknowable, that’s part of the problem: although some are made with unsafe materials, it’s hard to talk about things like adults.

But it is necessary. Unlike other plastic objects, humans’ intimate use of living things – like medical equipment or chewing friendly children’s toys – sex toys are largely unregulated and untested. Some in the industry think it’s time to change.

Love stunk

Many popular sex toy is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) – these plastic is ecological activists condemned for a long time, releasing toxins in the process of manufacturing and processing, and phthalates (a controversial chemicals). These include over the past decade or so popular soft “jelly” or “mesh metal items,” San Francisco adult toy boutique Good took the company’s “staff sexologist Carol Queen” said Dr. The queen said: “today’s stores are actually very hard to carry a lot of stuff, but avoid PVC. “Its use is already very common among large vendors because it is cheap and easy to operate.”

In recent years, tests have shown the potential health hazards of phthalates. Studies in rats and mice have shown that exposure can lead to cancer and damage the reproductive system. Some phthalates trace levels associated with the male sperm damage, this year, two studies published to phthalates exposed in the womb, and through the breast milk with male reproductive problems.

German chemist Hans Ulrich, kriging (Hans Ulrich Krieg) in a 2000 study found that some of Europe’s sex toys (including diethyl hexyl phthalate) using 10 kinds of hazardous chemicals. Some phthalic acid salt concentration up to twenty over one million of the four 350 thousand – this number by health advocacy group “public interest” Davis basil (Davis Baltz) “out”. “We’re really shocked,” Krieg told the Canadian broadcasting company Marketplace in a 2001 report on the sex toy industry. “I have been doing consumer product analysis for more than 10 years and have never seen such a high performance.”

Baltz said that the danger is heat, and that stirring and extending the shelf life will accelerate the leaching of phthalates. “In addition, [phthalates] are lipophilic, which means they are attracted to obesity,” he said. “If they are exposed to a solution or substance with a lipid content, then fat can actually help extract phthalates from plastic.” Janice Cripe, a former buyer of Blowfish, an online company in the Bay Area, whose motto is “Good products for great sex” – confirms the instability of jelly toys: “they leak,” she said. “They’ll soak this oily thing. They will become milky “and have a rubber smell of rubber”. She stopped many jelly toys when she was Blowfish, even though their low prices made them popular.

So what does it do to protect consumers? Well, nothing. While the United States, Japan, Canada and the European Union already have restrictions on phthalates in children’s toys, adult toys have no such rules. According to the current law, to a regulated in the United States, sex toys must present federal consumer product safety commission, the term “” significant product hazards” – in essence, the material or design from danger, in the process of using products, because it is used, may cause serious injury or death. However, if you look at the packaging of your average penis or ersatz vagina, it may be labeled “novel,” a gift that is not intended to be used in practice. This is an important semantic dodge, allowing less strict manufacturers to evade responsibility for potentially harmful substances and to evade government regulation. If you put it somewhere, it’s not a place to go, baby!

This is clearly a lack of oversight for a major global industry. The guardian recently estimated that 70 per cent of the world’s sex toys are made in China, and the CBC’s 2001 report suggested that North America could be worth between $400 million and $500 million.

More detailed figures may be hard to come by. “All the adults in the United States, made in original, whether they are mom and pop or big business company, belong to private ownership,” Philip pearl, publisher and editor’s chief explanation AVN adult-novelty business, trade magazines. “There is no need to publish financial information, nor does it.

The queen sees the lack of a consistent standard as a major issue. She and the Good Vibrations staff often have to break the rules. “I remember trying to track down the oil that was used on the beautiful hand-carved wooden phallus in the early ’90s – safely into the body?” she said. “The closest comparison we can find is the regulation of wooden salad cutlery!”

Keep things in your hands

Metis Black, President of Tantus Silicone, a us sex toy maker, has written about the health risks of material for “adult novelty”. “Self-discipline – ultimately we have to do this,” Blake said. He added that creating safe toys was the reason she entered the industry seven years ago. “Like a child’s toy, we’ll have to start conversations” to discuss “what’s in the toy and how it affects its customers,” Blake said. Otherwise, she felt that government regulators would step in.


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