Plastic linked to cancer risk across production, use, and disposal: study

Posted on August 30, 2023 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

In what is considered a landmark study, a team of international researchers has identified cancer risk – and other human health findings – associated with the production, use, and disposal of plastic.

Source: Plastic linked to cancer risk across production, use, and disposal: study

“Eight billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since 1950, more than half of it in the last 20 years, and production is on track to treble by 2050. This plastic contains thousands of toxic and cancer-causing chemicals that can leach out of the plastic at every stage.  “And because plastic does not break down in the environment and less than 10% is recycled, an estimated 6bn tonnes of chemical-laden plastic waste now contaminates the earth’s environment. This is not sustainable.”

Is there a solution? The Minderoo-Monaco Commission on Plastics and Human Health is calling for the creation of Global Plastics
Treaty (currently in negation) to end plastic pollution by 2040. Such a treaty would put a cap on global plastic production with
targets, timetables, and national contributions.
According to the Commission, the Treaty should not only cover microplastics and marine litter, but nanoplastics; it should include a
provision banning or severely restricting manufacture and use of unnecessary, avoidable, and problematic plastic items; and
should include requirements on extended producer responsibility.