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Just One Tea Bag Can Release Billions of Microscopic Plastic Particles Into Your Drink, Study Finds

McGill University chemical engineering professor Nathalie Tufenkji decided to test tea bags after she was given one in a Montreal cafe that looked like it was made from plastic.  "I said, 'Oh God, I'm sure if it's plastic it's, like, breaking down into the tea,'" she told CBC News.  So she asked her graduate student Laura Hernandez to purchase several tea bag brands from Montreal stores. The scientists then tested them to see if they left any plastic particles behind. The results, published in Environmental Science and Technology Wednesday, far surpassed the researchers' expectations.  "We were shocked when we saw billions of particles in a single cup of tea," Tufenkji told CBC News.  Read more.....

 

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