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US News Tea drinkers urged to avoid plastic tea bags after tests found bags shed billions of particles of microplastic

15:32  26 september  2019
15:32  26 september  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Tea drinkers have been urged to avoid plastic teabags after tests found a single bag sheds billions of particles of microplastic into each cup of tea . A Canadian team found that steeping a single plastic teabag at a brewing temperature of 95°C releases around 11.6 billion microplastics

An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Scientist: Tea drinkers have been urged to avoid plastic tea bags after tests found that a single bag sheds billions of particles of microplastic into each cup. A Canadian team found that steeping a plastic tea bag at a brewing temperature of 95C

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Billions of particles of microplastic are being shed into every cuppa that is made using plastic tea bags, experts have found.

A team of scientists from McGill University in Canada say the a plastic tea bag brewing in 95C temperatures releases a staggering 11.6 billion microplastics into one single cup.

These tiny microplastics - at levels higher than other foods and drinks - are then consumed.

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Some tea companies are replacing traditional paper tea bags with plastic ones, but the new bags may be adding billions of tiny bits of plastic to your Using a powerful electron microscope, Tufenkji's team found that a single bag released close to 12 billion microplastic particles , and more than 3

Researchers found that when a plastic tea bag is steeped in hot water, the number of particles released is 'thousands of times higher' than in A cup of tea made with a plastic tea bag has between 13 and 16 micrograms of microplastics — a huge amount compared to amounts found in other

Nathalie Tufenkji, from the university, told New Scientist: “We think that it is a lot when compared to other foods that contain microplastics.

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“Table salt, which has a relatively high microplastic content, has been reported to contain approximately 0.005 micrograms plastic per gram salt.

“A cup of tea contains thousands of times greater mass of plastic, at 16 micrograms per cup.”

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Despite the alarming results, the World Health Organisation (WHO) say that there is no evidence that these microplastics are harmful to humans.

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You may be swallowing billions of tiny plastic particles while sipping a cup of freshly brewed gourmet tea , a new study from McGill University in Montreal suggests. One cup from a single tea bag could contain 11.6 billion microplastic and 3.1 billion nanoplastic particles , the researchers estimated

Scientists have made a discovery about tea bags that is going to make any Earl Grey drinker retch — plastic bags of tea release billions of tiny plastic particles into every cup. “Table salt, which has a relatively high microplastic content, has been reported to contain approximately 0.005 micrograms

However, Tufenkji recommended opting for paper tea bags or loose tea rather than the single-use plastic variety.

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