I have always loved the sea, so when Maria Aceo, a London artist who works with plastic, told me about a chance to join a scientific expedition to the mouth of the Amazon to investigate the unseen toxics in our bodies and our oceans, my ears pricked up.

The eXXpedition mission was twofold: First, to explore the issue of plastics, chemicals, endocrine disrupters and carcinogens that can cause disease in our personal and global environment, and second, to engage women in scientific narratives about the consumer choices we make and their long-term impacts.

More than 8 million tonnes of ...


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