Some phthalates and their applications

Acronym Full name Examples of applications
(past or present)
EU ban
DEHP Di-Ethyl-Hexyl-Phthalate Perfumes, flexible PVC products (shower curtains, garden hoses, diapers, food containers, plastic film for food packaging, bloodbags, catheters, gloves, and other medical equipments such as tubes for fluids, etc.) Banned in all toys and childcare articles, and in cosmetics
BBP Butyl-Benzyl-Phthalate Perfumes, hair sprays, adhesives and glues, automotive products, vinyl floor coverings
DBP Dibutyl-Phthalate Plastics such as PVC, adhesives, printing inks, sealants, grouting agents used in construction, additive to perfumes, deodorants, hair sprays, nail polish, and insecticides
DINP Di-Isononyl Phthalate Mostly in PVC as a plasticizer; Remaining in rubbers, inks, adhesives and sealants, paints and lacquers. Banned in toys and childcare products that children could put into their mouths
DIDP Di-Isodecyl-Phthalate Mostly in PVC as a plasticizer; Remaining in rubbers, anti-corrosion paints, anti-fouling paints, sealing compounds, and textile inks.
DNOP Di-n-Octyl-Phthalate Medical tubing and blood storage bags, wire and cables, carpetback coating, floor tile, and adhesives, cosmetics and pesticides.
DIBP Di-isobutyl phthalate Nitro cellulose plastic, nail polish, explosive material, lacquer Similar application and properties as DBP: used as a substitute, e.g. in PVC, paints, printing inks and adhesives -

Source: GreenFacts

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Other Figures & Tables on this publication:

Table 1: Urinary concentrations of mono-(2-ethyl-5-hydroxyhexyl)phthalate (MEHHP), mono-isobutyl phthalate (MIBP), and mono-benzyl phthalate (MBeP) to assess daily intakes of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), mono-butyl phthalate (MmBP), di-n-butyl phthalate (DNBP), di-isobutyl phthalate (DIBP), and benzylbutyl phthalate (BBP).

Some phthalates and their applications