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Greenpeace UK Urges Ban on Toxic Sex Toys

By September 8, 2006

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From News24.com, an item about the Dutch office of Greenpeace UK which released a report investigating levels of phthalates in sex toys, which found, not surprisingly, that of the eight flexible rubber sex toys tested, seven contained high levels of phthalates.

They are now calling on EU leaders to address what they call an EU sex scandal, by banning the use of phthalates in sex toys as they previously did in 2005 with children's toys.

Greenpeace spokesperson Bart van Opzeeland is quoted in a prepared release:

'It's incredible that this substance can still be used in toys for adults. The last few years we've tested a lot of products but never before did we find such high concentrations.'

Whether the phthalates in adult sex toys really pose a direct risk to the user hasn't been determined, but there can be no doubt that both we and the planet would be better off if there weren't any phthalates in sex toys (or any toys for that matter).

Greenpeace rightly points out that following the ban on phthalates in children's toys, manufacturer's had to find alternative materials, which they did. Sex toy manufacturers are not always known for their proactive thinking around safety issues, and a ban could be the only thing that would get them en masse thinking more creatively about the materials they use to make sex toys.

Learn more about sex toy safety and potentially toxic sex toys:

Comments
September 13, 2006 at 11:56 am
(1) Joanne Drysdale says:

There is a nontoxic clitoris stimulating Sex toy called The Wickedly Delicious Device. It is also a sex toy unlike anything else out there on the market using brand new patent pending technology. It lets women have easy multiple orgasms in a very short period of time. She can go from no aroused to having a mind blowing orgasm in 2 minutes, she can have 3 in 10 minutes. It also has wonderful side effects like increasing the desire for sex, tightening a woman’s pelvic floor, reestablishing a woman’s wetness, lengthening her orgasm, and it is even helping with incontinence. The Wickedly Delicious Device is truly remarkable.

September 14, 2006 at 8:42 am
(2) Stephanie Taylor says:

Thank you for highlighting the dangers of phthalates, we all have to work hard to spread the word and make big business listen to us the consumer, we can change them if we stop buying their poisonous. Not mentioned in the article are Emotional Bliss Vibrators avaiable in the US, UK and Europe that are rechargeable, but also made with medical grade silicone and recommended by Relate the UK’s number 1 relationship counselling service.

April 16, 2008 at 2:07 pm
(3) Ashley says:

Another safe device, and this time for men (!) is the Fleshlight. It is made in the USA (New Mexico), and it carries a few patents.
It is made from 2 parts – a pliable Real Feel Super Skin® masturbation sleeves, that are made from a patented, high-quality material designed to replicate the sensation of penetrative sex.
The second part is an attractive and sturdy canister that resembles an ordinary flashlight, allowing for simple and discreet storage.

There are over 120 combination to choose from, and the fleshlight is easy to use, clean, and 100% safe.

July 28, 2009 at 7:22 pm
(4) Paula S says:

I sell sex toys through a home-based party business and I encourage my team to choose the non-toxic sex toys to add to their kit. Sometimes they argue that the results on this issue are inconclusive but my opinion is “Better Safe Than Sorry” down the road. I think my customers appreciate that I am looking out for them.

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