HEAL report on hazardous chemicals in plastics


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On September 9, 2020, non-governmental organization the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) announced the publication of a report describing “the undeniable link between the synthetic chemicals used in plastics and their effects on our health.” It offers an introduction to plastics, common polymer types, and categories of chemical additives often used in each type along with their associated health impacts. Specific chemical types such as bisphenols, flame retardants, and endocrine disruptors are spotlighted throughout to provide readers with a background on these commonly discussed substances. The life cycle of plastics is illustrated, including the cycling of contained chemicals and resulting exposures to humans and the environment that can occur.

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