Slash Boxes

SoylentNews is people

Submission Preview

Link to Story

Massive New Study Uncovers Over 4,000 Toxic Chemicals in Plastic

Accepted submission by upstart at 2024-03-15 09:18:45

████ # This file was generated bot-o-matically! Edit at your own risk. ████

Massive new study uncovers over 4,000 toxic chemicals in plastic []:

News []Science []Massive new study uncovers over 4,000 toxic chemicals in plastic

More than 400 of the chemicals identified are in every major commonly used plastic product such as food packaging

Vishwam Sankaran []Friday 15 March 2024 04:13Related video: Halloween Toy Among Hundreds Of Plastic Items Found In The Guts Of Dead Sea TurtlesPlease enter a valid email addressPlease enter a valid email addressSIGN UPI would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice []Thanks for signing up to the
Voices Dispatches email {{ #verifyErrors }}{{ message }}{{ /verifyErrors }}{{ ^verifyErrors }}Something went wrong. Please try again later{{ /verifyErrors }}

Scientists have compiled a list of over 16,000 chemicals [] present in plastic [] products and found that more than 4,000 of these were hazardous to human health [] and the environment [].

The research review, known as the PlastChem report, was released on Thursday and comes ahead of the next round of negotiations for a UN treaty [] on global plastic pollution.

Researchers, who spent a year combing through research reports, sorted chemicals used in plastics based on their environmental and health effects – information the team hopes will inform governmental regulations and international negotiations [] to curb plastic use.

The review found that there are more plastic chemicals than previously known, and 4,200 (26 per cent) of these compounds, including those used as raw ingredients, stabilisers and colourants, are of concern due to their “persistent, bioaccumulative, mobile and/or toxic” nature.

“This report provides the foundation needed for informed policy decisions to the management of plastic and plastic chemicals,” Mari Løseth, a co-author of the report from the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), said.

Heart Surgeons Find 58% of Patients Have Plastic Clogging Arteries

More than 400 of the chemicals identified in the report are in every major commonly used plastic product such as food packaging, and all the tested plastics leached hazardous chemicals into the environment, researchers noted.

Previous research has already shown that chemicals such as phthalates [] used in plastic products can disrupt the reproductive system and their early exposure in childhood is also linked to the development of asthma.

Exposure to other compounds such as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl [] substances used in some plastic products has been associated with increasing cancer risk and immune system problems.

The PlastChem report also found that the hazard data for more than 10,000 chemicals used in the plastic industry is unavailable, and for over 9,000 compounds there was no publicly available information about which products they are used in.

This is mainly because the plastic industry doesn’t share its proprietary information, researchers say.

While about 1,000 plastic chemicals are regulated by global treaties such as the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, thousands more are not.

“This report will be pivotal for informing policy development that is aimed at addressing plastic pollution. It provides robust scientific evidence for the universe of all plastic chemicals and presents a science-based approach to identify and deal with plastic chemicals of concern,” Laura Monclús, project manager of the PlastChem Project from NGI, said.

Scientists call for new approaches to regulate plastic chemicals, including hazard-based identification of groups of plastic chemicals of concern.

“The PlastChem report is a wake-up call to policymakers and industry. We need more transparency and better management of chemicals of concern in plastic,” Hans Peter Arp, a co-author of the report from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), said.

“The future of innovation in plastic should focus on safety, sustainability, and necessity, rather than just functionality,” Dr Arp said.

More about plastic []Chemicals []Environment []1/1Massive new study uncovers over 4,000 toxic chemicals in plastic Massive new study uncovers over 4,000 toxic chemicals in plastic

A mound of plastic waste scavenged from various environments including river channels and dump sites sit in the yard at T3 (EPZ) Limited, a recycling and repurposing factory in Athi River town, Machakos county on November 13, 2023

AFP via Getty Images

✕Subscribe to Independent Premium to bookmark this article

Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Start your Independent Premium subscription today.

Subscribe []Already subscribed? Log inMost Popular

Log in

Email addressEmail and password don't matchSubmitForgotten your password? []

New to The Independent?

Register []

Or if you would prefer:


Want an ad-free experience?

View offers []This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy notice [] and Terms of service [] apply.

Hi {{indy.fullName}}


can-we-please-stop? dept.

More than 4,000 plastic chemicals are hazardous, report finds []:


" rel="url2html-2591398">

Reprints and permissions []

Original Submission