Our 'Toxic' Love-Hate Relationship With Plastics

Susan Freinkel notes that plastics have had enormously beneficial impacts — like making blood transfusions safe and common. But scientists are also now discovering that chemicals from plastics are leeching into our bloodstreams — and the effects of that are largely unknown.

Our 'Toxic' Love-Hate Relationship With Plastics  Science writer Susan Freinkel chronicles the rise of plastic in consumer culture — and its effects on the environment and our health — in Plastic: A Toxic Love Story. Freinkel says plastics leach potentially harmful chemicals into our bloodstream — and that scientists are now figuring out what that does to our bodies. (NPR, FRESH AIR)