One of the first projects is to stimulate scientific research. ZonMw, the organisation for health research in the Netherlands, has given researchers the opportunity to submit research proposals. On the 22th of March 2019, scientists working on 15 ground-breaking projects have been given the green light. Thanks to funding by NWO, the Netherlands organisation for scientific research, the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, they can start important research into the effects of micro-and nanoplastics on our health. Worldwide, this has not been done before.
All research projects focus on a number of important questions:
– how can plastic particles penetrate the body?
– what is the role of size, shape and composition?
– do (harmful) microorganisms that attach themselves to plastics have an effect, and if so, where in the body could health effects occur?
On the website of the Plastic Health Coalition, the Plastic Soup Foundation will report everything that occurs in relation with plastic and health. So look here for the latest news!