Participants in the kickoff meeting included a variety of stakeholders ranging from manufacturers, state and local regulatory agencies, trade associations, international regulatory bodies, and NGOs. Individual manufactures and users of phthalates present included ExxonMobil, BASF, IBM, Dow Chemical, and others. It is expected that future activities will include development of a list of existing potential alternatives and an evaluation of the potential environmental and human health effects of those alternatives that seem most viable. The next meeting of the partnership initiative is will be in October 2001, with early spring 2013 planned for a final report on the project.
An action plan on which this DfE initiative is based was released in December of 2009. The phthalates identified in the action plan for assessment are:
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
- Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
- Di-n-pentyl phthalate (DnPP)
- Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
- Di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP)
- Di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) and associated chemical*
- Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) and associated chemical*
The partnership participants will decide on which substances offer the potential as alternatives. Collaboration with ongoing reviews by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (due to use of phthalates in children's toys and baby bottles) and the Green Chemistry in Commerce Council will also be part of the review process.
More information the Design for the Environment Program can be found here.