September 20, 2019
Three out of four yogurt cups, bath sponges and coffee cup lids contain a cocktail of potentially dangerous chemicals, according to a new study that examined the toxicity and chemical composition of various everyday plastic products.
Other toxic plastics that are in contact with our food included food wraps and gummy candy packaging. These examples underscore a much bigger problem, scientists say: more than 4,000 chemicals are used in plastics and no one knows how many of those chemicals are safe.
‘Such chemicals simply shouldn’t be in plastics in the first place,’ says Martin Wagner from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, a senior author on the study published recently in Environmental Science and Technology. ‘Given that we live in the plastic age, we need to make sure they don’t affect our health.’
‘The problem is that plastics are made of a complex chemical cocktail, so we often don’t know exactly what substances are in the products we use. For most of the thousands of chemicals, we have no way to tell whether they are safe or not,’ says Wagner.
‘This is because, practically speaking, it’s impossible to trace all of these compounds. And manufacturers may or may not know the ingredients of their products, but even if they know, they are not required to disclose this.’
This article was posted: Friday, September 20, 2019 at 4:33 am