Plastics and Human Health Fact Sheet

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The Plastics and Human Health Fact Sheet explains that plastic materials and their additives can contain thousands of different chemicals, most of which have not even been studied for their safety.

We are surrounded by plastic. We now know that our air, food and drinking water are contaminated with small bits of microplastic. They’ve been discovered in house dust, table salt, fish, shellfish, honey, beer and even human feces. But how these plastics are affecting our health remains in question.

One recent estimate of average exposure in Americans from all of the potential sources of plastic exposure clocked in at over 70,000 particles per year. What’s more, our exposure to microplastic and its associated risks is expected to increase with the projected growth in plastic production.

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