Despite being one of the most pervasive materials on the planet, plastic and its impact on human health is poorly under- stood. Yet exposure to plastic are expanding into new areas of the environment and food chain as existing plastic products fragment into smaller particles and concentrate toxic chemicals. As plastic production increases, this exposure will only grow.

To date, research into the human health impacts of plastic has focused narrowly on specific moments in the plastic lifecycle, from wellhead to refinery, from store shelves to human bodies, and from disposal to ongoing impacts as air pollutants and ocean plastic. Individually, each stage of the plastic lifecycle poses significant risks to human health. Together, the lifecycle impacts of plastic paint an unequivocally toxic picture: plastic threatens human health on a global scale.

The latest research on Plastic threats to human health on a global scale exposes the distinct toxic risks plastic poses to human health at every stage of the plastic lifecycle, from extraction of fossil fuels, to consumer use, to disposal and beyond. Below is some easy to read information about our plastic consumption and how it is impacting our lives.

 Give yourselves daily challenges:

  • Buy from the local fruit and veggie markets/stalls – take your own cloth bags or wax wraps.
  • Buy a glass OR stainless-steel water bottle, coffee cup and cutlery roll and carry with you always. (Have a kit ready with your keys).
  • Collect your soft plastics and return to the supermarket – drop off on your way in the door. Most stores secretly have a deposit spot – ASK.
  • Use reusable beeswax wraps on all your produce, cheese, breads. Use them in your lunch box, fridge, freezer instead of plastic wrap and aluminium foils.
  • Reduce the amount of waste you put in the bin
  • Get a great compost unit, Compost all your biodegradable waste.
  • Use glass containers to store food (interesting read about TUPPERWARE below) (Note: As of March 2010, items sold by Tupperware US and CA are BPA-free.) Just because something is labelled BPA-free doesn’t mean it’s safe.

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