Health

A Plastic Pollution Cocktail: Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Items

In an article run by the Green Prophet today, Plastic Pollution Coalition's Executive Director Daniella Dimitrova Russo, writes about the prolific nature of chemicals and toxic substances in everyday items. A growing body of scientific research suggests that the chemicals commonly found in plastics are now being seen to have harmful effects on the human body. She writes:

Packaging on the Pounds: Chemicals in Plastic and Obesity?

In this article from The Daily, writer David Knowles discusses the controversy surrounding the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), and new linkages that research has been finding between it and the increasing obesity levels noted on a global level. While many conflicting studies have been released in the past with regards to the effects of BPA on the human body, new studies suggest that it might play an important role in the production of fat cells at an early age. Knowles writes:

Plastic Pollution News Roundup, Week of March 23

The pressure is on the United States Food and Drug Administration this week and next as they prepare to issue a ruling regarding the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food and drink containers and packaging.

World Water Day: Food Security, Privatization, Drought, and Plastic Bottles

Water justice means a lot of things to a lot of people. Depending on where you live, water rights may be an ongoing struggle. Finding free, clean drinking water in public can be a struggle. Even at home, fresh running water is not something everyone can take for granted. But should we be forced to buy water in bottles? Isn’t there another way?

The FDA Must Ban BPA

This month, in collaboration with the Breast Cancer Fund, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and notable coalition members such as actor Jeff Bridges and author Bill McKibben, the Plastic Pollution Coalition is calling on the United States Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food and drink containers and packaging. A known endocrine disruptor, BPA has been linked to autism and attention deficit disorders, heart disease in women, diabetes, obesity, depression, and infertility.

End Game: The Petitions to Ban BPA

By Matthew Spiegal, The Huffington Post
 
BPA doesn't belong in our bodies, but the plastic industry made a lot of money putting it there. Now we want it out of our bodies, and out of our environment -- along with the rest of the single-use plastic that is strangling our earth, suffocating our ...Read More.

 

Further Studies Link Chemicals in Plastics to Rise in Obesity, Diabetes

Last month, we ran a piece about how bisphenol A, or BPA, has been linked to obesity and diabetes in a United States study. Today, a new report further backs these findings and expands the reach of the issue. BPA is only one culprit in the rise of obesity and diabetes, alongside other chemicals found in plastics such as phthalates (or PCBs).

Scientists Warn of Low-Dose Risks of Chemical Exposure

This week, scientists have released a frightening study that shows how many chemicals interact with living cells in unprecidented ways. Yale Environment 360 has a helpful overview of the new report that pulls together more than 800 studies about endocrine disruptors and their health impacts. It emphasizes why we desperately need a new approach to chemical safety testing. Elizabeth Grossman writes:

In the United States, Chemical Exposures Vary With Social Disparities

Synopsis by John Peterson Myers, Environmental Health News

Bioplastics Will Not Solve the Plastic Pollution Problem

Plastic pollution is one of the major issues facing our planet today. Plastic bags festoon trees in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, and along the streets of New York, USA. Plastic washes up on the beaches of American Samoa, Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands.

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