EDC footprint calculator is similar to existing water and carbon footprint calculators. The user inserts the amount of household products they own into three categories; health and beauty, laundry, and cleaning.
Humans use a large variety of chemicals in personal care products in their everyday lives that become part of the wastewater stream. Wastewater treatment plants were not designed to remove these chemicals, and therefore these products and their metabolites persist in the effluent.
What are Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs)?
- Chemicals found in the environmental generally at very low concentrations (μg – ng/L) that typically are not sampled for and do not have surface, drinking water, or wastewater standards
- Many are classified as or suspected to be EDCs
- Found in products we use every day – personal care products
- Laundry cleaning supplies
- Household cleaners
- Health & Beauty/Personal Hygiene
- Synthetic compounds that interfere with an organism’s endocrine (hormone) systems
- They mimic naturally-produced hormones in an organism
- They include a suite of ingredients in pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs)
- We focused on 10 categories of EDCs: UV Filters, Glycol Ethers, Cyclosiloxanes, Fragrances, Alkylphenols, Parabens, Ethanolamines, Antimicrobials, Bisphenol A, and Phthalates
- Can be harmful to aquatic organisms at trace concentrations at the μg-ng/L level
- A recent PA DEP study has linked the presence of EDCs to to the decrease in smallmouth bass populations in the Susquehanna River (Shull and Pulket, 2015)
- Can lead to intersex characteristics in aquatic organisms