BPA (bee-pee-aa)

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that used in making polycarbonate (clear and hard) plastics and epoxy resins (can coatings). Polycarbonate plastics are often used in storing food and beverages, while epoxy resins are present in some dental sealant and used to coat food cans and bottle tops.

Common sources of BPA include cashier receipts, canned food, plastic water bottles and containers, plastic toys, as well as CDs and DVDs.

Phthalates (thaa-lates)

Phthalates are chemicals that makes plastics more flexible and durable. Phthalates are also used as solvents for materials such as adhesives (glues), detergents, plastic clothing (raincoats), perfumes, soaps and hair sprays.

Common sources of phthalates include the above personal care products, as well as some children’s toys, plastic packaging film, and cleaning supplies.