Coverage of our global plastic problem is largely dominated by two main issues: plastic consumer products polluting the natural environment, and microplastics infiltrating almost everywhere you can think of, from mountain tops to human lungs. But there’s another threat lurking in plastic which remains under-exposed: the presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals. They're everywhere, and they play havoc with our hormones, causing a raft of health issues from fertility decline to cancer.
A complex, invisible issue, it’s not surprising it hasn’t captured the public imagination in the same way as others, but the more we know, the better we can respond. Here we unpick the language, the causes, and the potential solutions designers have to turn the tide.