Challenge: Tackling Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals


Phthalates, used in shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, cosmetics, and other personal care products; triclosan used in some toothpaste; and bisphenol-A (BPA) found in conned goods are examples of compounds that have disrupted the endocrine systems of wildlife, causing testicular cancer, genital deformations, low sperm counts, and infertility in a number of species, including polar bears, deer, whales, and otters, just to name a few. They are also linked to a number of health concerns, particularly in pregnant women, fetuses and young children, but also in adults.

Ideas for solutions:

  • An affordable, innovative means to capture and destroy these chemicals in use, in the home or workplace, before they get through the sewage system to our sewage treatment plants and then into the receiving waters.

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Challenge Leader

Organisation that submitted and designed the challenge statement.

They will provide experts to help teams develop their solutions.

The W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology within McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering is dedicated to student-centred experiential learning through flexible, adaptable and innovative programs and teaching using state of the art resources and facilities. Their learning environment emphasizes hands-on education and transferable skills to produce engaged graduates ready to serve a diversity of community and societal needs.


List of experts available to help teams understand the issue and develop their solutions.

Lotfi Belkhir

Entrepreneur & Start-up Expert

Sara Dickson

Contaminant Chemistry

Paul Hartley

Treatment Technology