On March 21, 2023 WBUR reported on a major new report by the Minderoo-Monaco Commission on Plastics and Human Health.
Formed by the United Nations, the Commission states that plastics harm human health during production, use, and disposal.
Single-use plastics make up 1/3 of plastics in use today.
WBUR quotes Dr. Philip Landrigan of Boston College, Commission Chair, who said:
“I’m a pediatrician, and I trained at Boston Children’s [Hospital], and I’ve always thought that we have a responsibility to protect children because they’re the most vulnerable members of our society…We’ve reduced lead exposure. We’ve made some progress in controlling pesticide exposure. But the manufacture of commercial chemicals, the manufacture of plastics — which are really a type of commercial chemical — is just completely out of control. It’s an almost totally unregulated environment.”