Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Our 'Toxic' Love-Hate Relationship With Plastics

Freinkel's new book, Plastic, A Toxic Love Story chronicles the rise of plastic in consumer culture, and its effects on the environment and our health. She notes that plastics have had enormously beneficial impacts — like making blood transfusions safe and common. But scientists are now also finding that phthalate chemicals from IV bags and other plastics are leaching into the fluids we take into our bodies, and the effects of that are just now being understood.

Read more about what Freinkel has to say and hear her interview on National Public Radio.