Plastics in today's world are hard to avoid. This is significant for climate change, in that the production of plastic creates a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions, and for human health. Scientists are sounding the alarm on a class of chemicals called endocrine disruptors, which are found in plastics and many common consumer products. Endocrine disrupting chemicals have a damaging effect on our reproductive systems. These effects are wide ranging and include:
You can learn more about specific endocrine disrupting chemicals, including phthalates and bisphenol A, through the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit's factsheet.
Learn more about impacts on the male reproductive system from expert Dr. Leo Trasande: