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The Chemical Footprint of a Plastic Bottle

June 8, 2023 , 1:00 pm 2:00 pm EDT

The global beverage industry buys more than 500 billion plastic bottles every year to package its products. A recent report documents the harmful impacts of plastic bottles on human health, environmental justice, and climate change.

Hidden Hazards: The Chemical Footprint of a Plastic Bottle explores the many health harms of plastics production, the potential health effects of consuming beverages in plastic bottles, and dangers to workers and communities from recycling and disposal.

Report co-author Mike Belliveau, Defend Our Health’s Executive Director, will present highlights including evidence that the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic used in beverage containers pollutes air, water, and food with cancer-causing chemicals. Port Arthur Community Action Network’s Executive Director John Beard Jr., whose Texas community is profiled in the report, will share his experience of exposures to chemicals used to produce PET plastic beverage bottles. Both speakers will discuss findings that exposures to these chemicals falls disproportionately on communities of color and low-income people, largely in the Gulf Coast and Southeast US.

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