Phthalates are a family of compounds whose primary use is as a vinyl softener. They are colorless, odorless liquids that do not evaporate readily.
They provide many product and consumer benefits—public health, performance and function—and are used in many important applications for these reasons, from recreational and safety equipment, to building and construction materials.
With more than 50 years of research, phthalates are among the most thoroughly studied family of compounds in the world and have been reviewed by multiple regulatory bodies in the United States. The American Chemistry Council supports ongoing research into the health and safety of phthalates.