Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet


David Azoulay (CIEL), Priscilla Villa (Earthworks), Yvette Arellano (TEJAS), Miriam Gordon (UPSTREAM), Doun Moon (GAIA), and Kathryn Miller and Kristen Thompson (Exeter University)

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David Azoulay et al. "Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet." 2019.


This report provides a detailed overview of the health impacts associated with plastic at every stage of its supply chain and lifecycle, and it reveals the numerous exposure routes through which human health is impacted at each stage. The report details the physical impacts of ingesting, inhaling, and touching plastic, as well as the toxic chemicals associated with those plastic particles, whether chemical additives, processing agents, or byproducts of plastic. This report also reveals that systemic and troubling gaps in our knowledge may exacerbate exposure and risks for workers, consumers, frontline communities, and even communities far removed from the sources of plastic.

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