Phthalates are liquid chemicals that are often added to softer materials found at the lower end of the durometer range. There are several phthalates, but in furniture, the most common is polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl), which allows for greater flexibility and durability. Phthalates are regulated at both a federal and state level, and can also be found in personal care items, cosmetics, and chemicals used for cleaning. We do not claim that our products are phthalate-free, and while some products contain more plastics than others, all are tested by independent laboratories to ensure that they are at or below recommended limits.
For more information about phthalates, please visit the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences website, or read their fact sheet here.