The Effects of Plastics on Health

There is no denying that plastic pollution in our oceans and environment is an enormous societal challenge. Globally, plastic production has increased by more than tenfold since 1970, faster than the growth rate of any other group of bulk materials (IEA). Faced with this massive presence in our environment, we wanted to answer this question: What are the effects of plastic on human health? We researched the issues, from production to end-of-life, and brought together a diverse group of scientists, health professionals, policy experts, and advocates to answer this question. 

We are excited to bring you this four-part webinar series, which will present the latest research on the key ways plastic affects public health. As petrochemicals are rapidly becoming the largest driver of global oil consumption, we want to explicitly explore the links between petrochemicals, climate change, and human health. We will begin with the hazardous effects of plastic production, then investigate harmful chemicals in plastic food packaging, probe the emerging science on the impacts of microplastics, and consider the advantages and disadvantages of bio-based plastics. Please join us and sign up for our newsletter to receive updates. 

Topic one: Plastic Production

Plastic Production's Threats to Health: Global Trends, Chemical Footprints of Common Plastics, and the PVC Industry’s Wake of Pollution 

October 30, 2018 at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT / 7pm CET 

Featured Speakers:

  • Araceli Fernandez Pales, MSc, MEng, Senior Energy Technology Analyst, Energy Technology Policy Division, International Energy Agency
  • Mark Rossi, PhD, Executive Director, Clean Production Action
  • Jim Vallette, Research Director, Healthy Building Network

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Topic two: Food Packaging

Plastic Food Packaging: State of the Science on Chemical Constituents and Health Hazards

December 3, 2018 at 10am PST / 1pm EST / 7pm CET

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Topic three: Microplastics

Microplastics: An Emerging Threat to Global Ecology and Public Health

January 2019

Featured Speakers:

  • Nicholas Mallos, MEM, Director, Trash Free Seas® Program, Ocean Conservancy

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Topic four: Bio-based Plastics

Bio-based Plastics: Investigating Opportunities and Challenges
February 2019
Featured Speakers:
  • Marty Mulvihill, PhD, Co-founder and Partner, Safer Made and Founder, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry
  • Ann Blake, PhD, Founder and Principal, Ann Blake Environmental & Public Health Consulting

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