Project TENDR Briefing Paper: Protecting the Developing Brains of Children from Plastics and Toxic Chemicals in Plastics

Jun 7, 2024


As experts in the effects of toxic chemicals on neurodevelopment, and as scientists, clinicians, and children’s health advocates in Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Development Risks), we are deeply concerned about mounting scientific evidence showing that plastics and toxic chemicals in plastics are contributing to neurodevelopmental disabilities and cognitive deficits in children.

In this briefing paper, we summarize the evidence of widespread fetal and early childhood exposures to plastics and resulting harm to children’s brains and offer recommendations to strengthen the global treaty on plastics pollution to ensure it addresses the toxicity and
proliferation of plastics and petrochemicals.

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