VU Plastic pollution research in spotlight at Plastic Health Summit

The theme of the conference was the state-of-the-art knowledge in human health effects of plastics additives and plastic particles that are being detected throughout our living environment. Leading Environment & Health research has been showing that microplastics are widely distributed not only in aquatic environment and animals but also in our food, drinks, and cosmetics. They are released from wear and tear of synthetic textiles and including everything from synthetic textiles to tires to paints. They are also present in indoor air, which is another route of potential human exposure. The burning question is does all this exposure carry risks to human health? Leslie and Vethaak and their E&H team are working hard to generate the scientific data, knowledge needed to perform a risk assessment of the human health impacts of microplastics. More information is available at https://science.vu.nl/en/research/environment-and-health/research-topics/plastics-and-human-health/index.aspx Contact: heather.leslie@vu.nl