KWR Kees Roest by KWR Kees Roest
13 March 2019

Plastics are a growing global health crisis

A comprehensive report on the harmful health impacts of plastic through the entire supply chain was recently released by the Center for International Environmental Law, revealing the direct and environmental exposure of humans to toxic chemicals and microplastics in our daily lives. Nearly every person on Earth is exposed to the toxicity of plastic almost daily, and few places in the environment have so far been untouched by the resulting visible pollution....

Plastic Threatens Human Health at a Global Scale - New Report | Center for International Environmental Law

February 19, 2019 Washington, DC—A new report released today reveals that plastic is a human health crisis hiding in plain sight. Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet, authored by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Earthworks, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF), IPEN, Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.), University of Exeter, and UPSTREAM, brings together research that exposes the distinct toxic risks plastic poses to human health at every stage of the plastic lifecycle, from extraction of fossil fuels, to consumer use, to disposal and beyond. To date, research into the human health impacts of plastic have focused narrowly on specific moments in the plastic lifecycle, often on single products, processes, or exposure pathways. This approach fails to recognize that significant, complex, and intersecting human health impacts occur at every stage of the plastic lifecycle: from wellhead to refinery, from store shelves to human bodies, and from waste management to ongoing impacts of microplastics in the air, water, and soil. Plastic & Health presents the full panorama of human health impacts of plastic and counsels that any solution to the plastic crisis must address the full lifecycle. According to the report, uncertainties and knowledge gaps...

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