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Old 11-09-2011, 11:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Well it depends what kind of plasticizer was used. There are a bunch of phthalate based plasticizers that are frowned upon in the US mostly because of the leaching issue.

As far as life span goes, it doesn't mean that it won't last as long, it just means that it will be harder than it is when you first buy it.

It honestly shouldn't be a big deal at all, though. It is really weird that the smell filled your entire apartment. I'd probably take that shit back lol.

But, if you do decide to keep your shorts, I would simply advise against eating them
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Chemical engineers make the world go round! I dont work with plastic molding, but my company does make air filters for the kinds of chemicals you are smelling.

If your shorts are giving off enough gases to make your eyes water then send them back. Lots of plastics off-gas, but a new pair of undies shouldn't stink bad enough to (literally) make you cry. Not all VOCs are toxic, but many of them are skin/eye irritants... so why run the risk of long terms symptoms by exposing yourself to it for hours at a time?
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Well it depends what kind of plasticizer was used. There are a bunch of phthalate based plasticizers that are frowned upon in the US mostly because of the leaching issue.

As far as life span goes, it doesn't mean that it won't last as long, it just means that it will be harder than it is when you first buy it.

It honestly shouldn't be a big deal at all, though. It is really weird that the smell filled your entire apartment. I'd probably take that shit back lol.

But, if you do decide to keep your shorts, I would simply advise against eating them
I had that happen from a foam bed I purchased (it was shrink wrapped), couldn't use it for a few days the smell was so strong.
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