Dr. Leo Trasande

Advisor

The effect of plastic on the human body is intimately understood by Advisor Dr. Leonardo Trasande, the director at the NYU Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards and author of Sicker, Fatter, Poorer. Dr. Trasande is known internationally as a leader in children’s health, focusing his research on identifying the role of environmental exposures in childhood obesity and cardiovascular risks. His vast work includes studying the massive economic effect from plastic chemicals impacting a baby’s IQ and finding that people with high levels of BPA are 49 percent more likely to die during a 10-year period.

“The innovative products being developed by Footprint have promising potential to lower the exposure people have to harmful chemicals found in plastic, which can have negative effects on the reproductive system and increase the risk of chronic diseases,” said Dr. Trasande. “By producing plant-based alternatives to plastic packaging without toxic chemicals, Footprint is fostering health in both the environment and every person who purchases a product or quick meal wrapped in the company’s packaging.”