Public health impact of plastics: An overview

Indian J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Sep;15(3):100-3. doi: 10.4103/0019-5278.93198.


Plastic, one of the most preferred materials in today's industrial world is posing serious threat to environment and consumer's health in many direct and indirect ways. Exposure to harmful chemicals during manufacturing, leaching in the stored food items while using plastic packages or chewing of plastic teethers and toys by children are linked with severe adverse health outcomes such as cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive effects etc. Promotion of plastics substitutes and safe disposal of plastic waste requires urgent and definitive action to take care of this potential health hazard in future.

Keywords: Polyethylene terephthalate; plastic industry in India; plastics waste; recycling.