Plastic Teabags Are Filling Your Tea With Microplastics

If your favourite brand of tea is using plastic teabags, you are probably getting a gutful of microplastics.

A new study has found that a single plastic teabag steeped at a brewing temperature of 95 degrees Celsius releases around 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics into a single cup. Let that sink in for a moment.

By MICHELLE STARR 26 SEP 2019 from Science Alert

Currently, we’re estimated to consume over 74,000 particles of microplastics a year. According to this research, there’s nearly 200,000 times that amount in a single cup of plastic teabag tea.

Microplastics are everywhere. So much of our food is wrapped in plastic, for a start, and often ends up in the food itself. In addition, it leaches out into the environment. We’re making (painfully slow) headway eliminating useless plastic microbeads from body washes, and phasing out plastic straws and bags, but the damage has been done.

Complete Text: Science Alert

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