2nd of October 2019 – It is an initiative with no precedents, 20 outstanding personalities from Catalonia and Balearic Island ask for tackling with urgency the plastic waste crisis after proving the presence of plastic in their body derived from plasticized food in the entire distribution and consumption chain.
Rezero collected 20 urine samples from 20 participants. Once samples were collected, they were analyzed by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (www.fhi.no/en), a reference laboratory at the international level in detecting metabolic plastic in human samples. Specifically, the presence of 27 components related to plastic exposition has been analyzed: 15 phthalates and 12 phenols.
Doctor Miquel Porta, professor of Preventive Medicine and health and Coordinator of the IMIM, has been supervised by the results. He informed all participants about the results face to face and that allowed him to see the surprised faces of the participants: I participated in the campaign thinking that results would come back negative. When I received the results it was really shocking for me because I try not to use packaged food.
The results of the analysis are overwhelming:
- The detection of these plastic metabolites have come back positive for all participants
- All 15 phthalates have been detected in each of the 20 participants.
- Five of the 12 phenols analyzed have been detected in each of the 20 participants.
- The average of compounds detected by person is 21,3.
«Citizenship is exposed on a daily basis to a plasticized diet and is not aware at all of it. The plastic that is currently used in the packaging, transportation and distribution of food and drinks contains substances that are migrating to our body and directly affecting our health, "informs Rosa García, director of Rezero.
A continued exposure to these toxic compounds (many of them are endocrine disruptors) that are released daily, is linked to diseases such as hypothyroidism, diabetes and infertility, among other impacts on health," says the Doctor Miquel Porta.
As a result of the evidence of the affections of the plastic in our own body, the organization has presented the Plastic on the Spotlight/Plastic Health campaign (www.salutdeplastic.org). The aim of the campaign is to rise awareness and continue creating a connected movement with representation of all sectors, geared towards action and driving solutions to achieve a zero waste society. It is in this sense that they want to encourage governments and companies to increase their commitments to prevent disposable plastic waste.
Among the proposals, we want to promote the reduction of the toxicity of consumer products, either by penalizing or, directly, by prohibiting its usage; Prioritizing reusable products, regulating the sale and distribution of disposable items (such as bags, trays, cups, tableware and plastic pens); and applying tax measures for disposable and short-lived products (such as plastic bottles or coffee capsules).
"It is not necessary to do long and expensive investigations to see the harmful effect that plastic may have on human health. We must apply the precautionary principle. In the future, surely doctors will not only recommend to not smoke or drink but also to not have a plàstic diet ». Dr. Elena Carreras
Rosa García, director of Rezero concludes, “Decisive steps need to be taken to regulate the disposable plastic products. We need a new regulatory framework for waste prevention that protects people’s health and our right to consume without generating waste”.
Link https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XiWfGGP2wKjE5-uB-paNNo5bufFIwICs to download folder with the following documents:
• Press release
• Press dossier
• Scientific report on the results of the analysis of urine concentrations of phthalates and phenolic compounds in the "Health of Plastic" campaign
• Campaign graphic elements
• Video presentation of Catalonia from the Health of Plastic campaign
• Balearic presentation video of the Plastic Health campaign