We hear a lot these days about plastic bottles, bags, straws, packaging and other plastic materials polluting our planet, with news reports highlighting threats to wildlife and devastation of coral reefs. But the plastic problem doesn’t end there.
Time and time again, scientists have proven that what’s bad for the planet is bad for people.
The negative impact of plastic pollution is found inside our bodies. And these chemicals inside our bodies are likely contributing to a wide range of harmful health issues.
Plastic Fact: Bisphenol A also known as BPA—used to make billions of plastic beverage containers, dinnerware, protective linings of food cans, and toys— is considered an endocrine disruptor, meaning it can both increase or decrease endocrine activity in humans and cause adverse health effects.
Plastic Fact: Growing literature links many Phthalates— a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break—with a variety of adverse outcomes, including weight gain and insulin resistance, decreased levels of sex hormones, and other consequences for the human reproductive system, both for females and males.
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Download our Earth Day 2018: Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit designed to help individuals, organizations and educators like you to learn more about the issue and organize your friends, family and community to End Plastic Pollution this Earth Day.
Together, we can protect the planet and people we love.
-The Earth Day Network Team