Assessing Plastic Ingestion from Nature to People

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Dalberg for WWF A new study by the University of Newcastle, Australia suggests that an average person could be ingesting approximately 5 grams of plastic every week. The equivalent of a credit card’s worth of microplastics. This summary report highlights the key ways plastic gets into our body, and what we can do about it. […]

Living in the “Plasticene”: The Plastic Age

Food in Plastic Containers on a Shelf

Anthony Jay Plastic has become part of modernity’s make-up (literally). Scientific discoveries relating to plastics have earned a number of Nobel Prizes. Plastic permeates our culture, our personal care products, our environment and our awards. But do plastics adversely affect our health? … Let’s start with bisphenol A (BPA). A 2012 article in the Journal […]

Every Stage of Plastic Production and Use is Harming Human Health

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Tatum McConnell New report recommends the United Nations Global Plastics Treaty significantly reduce plastic use through aggressive bans and caps, and closer examination of toxic ingredients. Plastic production is on track to triple by 2050, a potential influx of hazardous materials that the Earth and humans can’t handle, according to a new report from the […]

Toxic PFAS Chemicals Found in Ketchup, Mayo, Other Common Foods

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Beyond Pesticides Highly hazardous PFAS, or per- and poly-uoroalkyl substances, are leaching out of plastic containers and contaminating food products, according to research published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters this month. The data con rm the results of prior research focused on the propensity of PFAS to contaminate various pesticide products through storage containers.