While the polymers used in base plastics are considered harmless, the potential toxicity of the many additives is often unknown while others are thought to be dangerous. Find out more about additives fillers and plasticizers here.

Some of the chemicals used to make plastic have not actually been passed as fit for human consumption. More worrying still they leach from plastic into us.

Other plastics like PVC will, when burnt, release dioxin one of the most powerful carcinogens known.

Plastic particles attract persistent organic Pollutants (POPs). POPs are a small set of toxic chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods and accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals. Bottom feeders eat the plastic pellets and so the POPs enter the food chain.

Here are some posts about chemicals in the plastic products used everyday.

plastic room featured

Burning plastic in the home

Some feel my worrying about plastic in the home is taking it too far? Disposables? Yes, they can see I ...
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Plastic Chemicals & Food

Plastic packed food is unappealing in many ways. For me the most immediate problem is the flavor, or lack of ...
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Endocrine disruption, fish & polyethylene

Early warning signs of endocrine disruption in adult fish from the ingestion of polyethylene with and without sorbed chemical pollutants ...
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Perfluorochemicals and plastic

Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) are a family of man-made chemicals. They have been around since the 1950s. They include perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS; ...
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are used as a plasticiser used to make a material like PVC softer and more flexible. But they are also ...
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Endocrine System & Endocrine Disruptors

A few quotes on the endocrine system....... "Although we rarely think about them, the glands of the endocrine system and ...
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Is a persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemical - ie one that lasts a long time, accumulates in the food chain ...
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Persistant Organic Pollutants

I was under the impression that pops was some kind of horrid Yorkshire dish involving hot milk and bits of ...
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Addatives, chemicals and different kinds of plastic

The first stage in plastic production, the polymerisation of raw material. Next other substances sometimes called monomeric ingredients, are added ...
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Polychlorinated Biphenyls

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of manmade chemicals. They are oily liquids or solids, clear to yellow in color, ...
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PTFE Non stick plastic

When I was young and innocent, I knew nothing of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Well, it's not the kind of thing a ...
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PVC featured


A white brittle plastic until you add plasticisers the most common being phthalates then it becomes soft and flexible. PVC ...
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What’s in a PET bottle?

I am lucky enough to live in a country that supplies clean drinkable tap water so obviously I don’t need ...
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Why does my tin can have a plastic liner and is it bad for me?

Metal food and beverage cans have a thin coating on the interior surface, which is essential to prevent corrosion of ...
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Bisphenol A or BPA is it is known to its chums is used in some thermal paper products such as ...
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burning trash, Nepal

Dioxins & Burning plastic

The image shows plastic trash being burnt in the streets of Khatmandu So, is it safe to burn plastic? Well ...
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