So far, there has been consistent evidence indicating that exposure to plastics and the additives therein may lead to a variety of health complications. Plastic particles have been found in human feces, for example –but what does plastic do to our bodies? To summarize: endocrine disrupting chemicals, often used to make plastic clear and durable, are associated with a disruption in fertility cycles, delayed neurodevelopment in children, immune disorders, and a higher risk of hormone-related cancers.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals furthermore affect thyroid function and the metabolism. These chemicals have also been found in human breast milk. We not only consume microplastics when we eat contaminated food, but plastic microfibers are present in the air we breathe, the clothes we wear, and even the water we drink — there is indeed no escape.Start your plastic diet
The 2019 Plastic Health Summit was such a huge success that we decided to continue it for the next two years. The second Plastic Health Summit will again take place in Amsterdam, and was planned for October 29th 2020. However, due to COVID-19 the event is postponed until fall 2021. Would you like to join us? Then please keep an eye on the website, the new date will be announced soon!Watch all individual talks
Do you want to know if there are plastics or dangerous plastic additives in your drinking water, tea bags, vacuum cleaner bags, meat, furniture, wet wipes, or toothpicks? We sure do! That’s why we’re going to test a wide variety of products over the course of at least three years. All these products and more will be tested in a lab at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) of Amsterdam, under the supervision of Dr. Heather Leslie.
This video shows us that we all need to go on a plastic diet. By doing so you can reduce the amount of plastic you use. We provide you with the right alternatives to prevent yourself from getting sick because of the toxic chemicals sometimes added to plastics.Start your plastic diet now