STATEMENT: Plastic threatens human and planetary health

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STATEMENT: Plastic threatens human and planetary health

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MONACO, March 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Minderoo-Monaco Commission on Plastics and Human Health presents an unprecedented analysis conducted with world-leading researchers from the fields of health, ocean and environment to quantify the significant risks of plastic for all life on Earth:

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The Commission concludes that current patterns of production, use and disposal of plastics are not sustainable and are responsible for significant damage to human health, the environment and the economy. Recommends that health protection standards for plastic chemicals be established under the World Plastics Treaty, requiring that all polymers and plastic chemicals be tested for toxicity before entering markets, as well as post-marketing surveillance.

Professor Sarah Dunlop, Minderoo Foundation's Head of Plastics and Human Health, explained: "These findings put us on a clear path to call for a ban or rigorous restriction of unnecessary, avoidable and problematic plastic items, many of which contain substances dangerous chemicals linked to horrific harm to people and the planet.

Dr. Philip Landrigan, director of Boston College's Global Observatory for Planetary Health, is especially concerned about the lack of progress from regulatory bodies. "Plastic producers disclose very few details about their identity, chemical composition and potential toxicity. In most countries, they are not legally required to do so."

Regarding marine biology, the Commission's conclusions reveal a greater need to measure the effects of plastic on marine species, especially with regard to the ingestion of micro and nano particles.

Dr. Hervé Raps, a physician at the Center Scientifique de Monaco, explained: "Plastic waste endangers the ocean ecosystems on which all humanity depends. In addition to its intrinsic effects, plastics can also be a vector for potentially pathogenic microorganisms ."

The positive news is that the Commission reports that much of the harm from plastics can be prevented through better production practices, alternative designs, less toxic chemicals and reduced consumption.

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