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Hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging

The research project “Hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging: State of the art, prioritization, and assessment” is a multi-partner collaboration running from mid-2017 to mid-2019.

Countless industries use plastic packaging, and recycling companies aim to recycle it. But what do we know about the chemicals that are found in this packaging? The aim of this project is to compile current scientific information regarding hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging and make it accessible to all stakeholders. A special focus is placed on human and environmental health, as well as socio-economic impact. The project will also explore substitution options for the most hazardous chemicals.

E&H is a partner in this project with the University of Gothenburg’s Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg’s Centre for Environment & Sustainability, the New York University School of Medicine, ChemSec International Chemical Secretariat, CHEM Trust and the project coordinator, the Food Packaging Forum. The project is funded by a grant from the charitable Swiss-based MAVA Foundation.

Project website

Contact at the VU Department of Environment and Health: Dr. Heather Leslie