Every stage of the life-cycle of plastic involves toxic chemicals, which threaten human health, the environment, biodiversity, and the climate.
IPEN’s work aims to reveal the toxic threats to health and the environment in each stage of plastics’ life-cycle in order to:
- Curb the production of toxic oil, natural gas, and petrochemicals.
- Eliminate and substitute the most toxic chemicals used in the production of plastic.
- Strengthen global policies related to plastic waste controls and incineration.
- Promote environmental justice.
IPEN research and projects reveal hazardous substances in all stages in the life-cycle of plastics
IPEN Related Research and Resources on Toxic Plastics
Research, lead by CIEL, exposing the distinct toxic risks plastic poses to human health at every stage of the plastic life-cycle, from extraction of fossil fuels, to consumer use, to disposal and beyond.
A collaboration by the Endocrine Society and IPEN draws a comprehensive picture of global EDC exposures and health risks. Several chemical additives in plastic products such as BPA and phthalates are covered in this report.
Evidence of banned toxic flame-retardants, hazardous chemicals from electronic waste that are known to disrupt thyroid function and cause neurological and attention deficits in children, are recycled into new plastic consumer products across Europe.
A study of children’s products from 26 countries revealed that toxic flame-retardant chemicals in recycled electronic waste results in pervasive contamination of new plastic children’s toys and related products. Recycling materials that contain persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and other toxic substances contaminates new products, creates human and environmental exposure, and undermines the credibility of recycling.
Highly toxic brominated dioxins found in toys and accessories sampled in seven countries that were made from recycled e-waste plastic reveals levels of dioxin found in previous studies in waste incineration fly ash or other industrial waste.
The toxic industrial chemical Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) are primarily used in metalworking, but also used in plastic products as flame retardants and softeners. A survey of children’s products in 10 countries reveals widespread contamination with SCCPs.
Report on the toxic threats from waste incinerator ash that, which is generated at a rate of millions of tons every year includes analysis of global scale of toxic ash and other residues from waste incineration contain dioxins, furans (PCDD/Fs) and a range of other highly toxic POPs at levels which are a threat to human health and the environment.
Abbreviated brief summarizes findings of the Toxic Ash Poisons Our Food Chain report.
Research from IPEN and BAN reveals dire human exposure and food chain contamination from highly toxic plastics in waste in Ghana, including toxic recycled e-waste shipped from Europe.
Plastic and Toxic Additives and the Circular Economy: The Role of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions
Report prepared by the Marine Litter Topic Group lead by the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Spain on the impact of plastic waste, marine plastic litter, microplastics and measures for their prevention and environmentally sound management.