Avoid Using Teabags: They’re Filling Your Tea with Microplastics

A new study from McGill University in Canada finds that a single plastic teabag at a temperature of 90°C releases approximately 11.6 billion microplastics and 3.1 billion nanoplastics into a cup.Avoid Using Teabags They’re Filling Your Tea with Microplastics

For their research, a team of scientists used took teabags of different brands and steeped them in 10 ml of 95°C for 5 minutes. After this, the teabags were taken out, and the water poured to another clean glass container. The number of microplastics and nanoplastics were measured with the electron microscope.

The analysis showed that the chemical composition of the particles found in the water matched the teabags. Based on the count of particles received within the frame of the experiment, the scientists concluded that a person drinking tea may swallow up to 2.3 million micron-sized and 14.7 billion submicron size particles.

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  1. Adele Casden

    My tea bags are made of paper not plastic. How does plastic get in the tea bags?

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