Plastics, EDCs & Health: Authoritative Guide

December 10, 2020

The Endocrine Society and IPEN (International Pollutants Elimination Network) are proud to present this authoritative and comprehensive report to addresses how plastics can harm human health. An expert overview of twenty years of research shows that plastics pose a threat to public health because they contain a host of hazardous, endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that leach and contaminate humans and the environment. The report catalogues EDCs in plastics, synthesizes decades of international research on the health impacts of EDC in plastics, and describes pathways of contamination and biological effects of the plastic chemicals. Access the report.

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Did You Know?

  • EDCs are significant contributors to environmentally related diseases, and plastics are a pervasive and widespread source of exposure.
  • Many common plastics contain and leach hazardous chemicals, including EDCs, that are harmful to human health. These chemicals disturb the body’s hormone systems and can cause cancer, diabetes, reproductive disorders, neurological impairments of developing fetuses and children, and death.
  • Conservative estimates point to more than a thousand manufactured chemicals in use today that are EDCs.
  • As plastic production increases, rates of acute and chronic diseases and deaths resulting from exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in plastics are anticipated to rise.
  • Based on the scientific evidence, governments and companies should enact policies that minimize exposure to EDCs to protect public health and the environment.

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7 Harmful Chemical Types in Plastics

+ Bisphenols

+ Alkylphenols

+ Perfluorinated Compounds (PFAS)

+ Brominated Flame Retardants, BFRs

+ Dioxin

+ Phthalates

+ UV Stabilizers

+ Lead and Cadmium

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