Carcinogenic = increases the risk of developing cancer

Mutagen = increases the frequency of DNA mutations

Neurotoxic = Can damage the structure or functions of the nervous system.

Phytohormones = natural chemicals that regulate e.g. plant growth

Estrogenic activity = simulates the action of female sexual hormones

Part.4 - Should we worry about our health


Everything is potentially hazardous

Although life always bears elements of risk, the zero-risk approach has become increasingly popular, leading policy makers in Europe to adopt more regulations on chemicals (including for plastic materials) based only on the hazard properties of those substances, out of “precaution”.

By stretching the precautionary principle, everything could be considered as potentially harmful, be it man-made or natural.