Aug 21, 2023
This week Tee is excited to welcome Maya Rommwatt for an investigation into the chemical footprint of plastic bottles on our health and environment. As Senior Market Campaigner at Defend Our Health, Maya persuades corporate policymakers to slash the use of dangerous chemicals and petrochemical plastics in popular products and packaging. She has also worked to clean up greenhouse gas emissions in supply chains and to protect critically endangered species, and she has been continuously advocating for a just climate transition in her hometown Portland, Oregon.
Maya received a M.S. in Environmental Studies and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Oregon and she loves to explore the intersection between human organization and biological processes in order to improve our communities, health, and the world we live in. She believes in punching up and holding the most powerful to account, advocating for change through lobbying and holding our politicians and regulatory agencies to account to change the current policies on plastics and toxins in our environment.
In this episode, Maya unpacks a study that Defend Our Health has recently released on tracking the environmental and toxic effects of manufacturing plastic Coke bottles. This is an eye-opening conversation about both the impact of plastics on our health but also the devastating effect that the multi-stage process of making such bottles has on low-income and minority communities as well as our environment.
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