The world is moving to a more aware usage and re usage of plastic. For tea the trend is just the opposite: also artisan tea makers are moving to plastic tea bags instead of paper ones.
Scientists have analyses the teabags, by removing the tea inside, and by boiling the bags to simulate brewing conditions.
Well, the result has been shocking, the bags released 11.6 billion microplastic and 3.1 billion nanoplastic particles into the water!
We know that over time the plastic become smaller and smaller to end up into micro or nano plastic. These particles are basically everywhere: in the environment, aquatic organisms and the food supply.
For the WHO, the World Health Organization, such particles in drinking water do not appear to be a risk, even if the information around the topic are still limited.
What is certain is that, compared to bottled water, the quantity of particles released by the tea bag is incredibly higher. This can be due to the fact that the water is boiled up, and not cold or at room temperature as the bottled water.
Finally, the objective of this study is to have the consumers more aware about their purchasing and what they are exposed to.
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