Specialists are aware of more than 4000 chemicals that are part of product packaging. But the market presents us with more than 5,000 different types of plastics, and this indicates an even greater volume of chemicals in production. Thanks to new research by the PlastX group, it has become known that most plastics contain chemicals that cause general toxicity (about six and ten products), oxidative stress (four out of ten products), and endocrine disruption (three out of ten).
“The problem is that plastics are made from a complex chemical cocktail, so we often don’t know exactly what substances are in the products we use. For most chemicals, we have no way to determine if they are safe or not. ” . tells biologist from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Martin Wagner.