We’ll be at the world’s first Plastic Health Summit, an invitation-only event in Amsterdam on October 3, 2019, where Dutch researchers will present groundbreaking findings about the effects of plastics on human health. The Plastic Soup Foundation, the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), and the Plastic Health Coalition are bringing together scientists, politicians, researchers and others from around the globe to form partnerships and seek solutions to threats of plastic pollution posed by BPA, PFAS, phthalates and other chemicals in plastics. The conference is especially timely given that the World Health Organization (WHO) in August 2019 released its first-ever report on the potential dangers of microplastics in tap and bottled water. The UN organization’s current assessment is that plastic particles in drinking water don’t seem to cause problems, but WHO is calling for more research, as very little research has been done to date on the effects of microplastics on the human body.

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