When drinking from disposable bottles, you ingest countless pieces of nanoplastic

The presence of plastic particles in disposable water bottles has been known for some time, but the concrete number of 240,000 particles per liter on average has not been mentioned before. A new study from scientists working at Colombia University and elsewhere has revealed these numbers, which are 10 to 100 higher than previously estimated. The researchers have now discovered that these particles are not just microplastics, but mainly nanoplastics. Nanoplastic particles are much smaller than microplastic particles – so small, in fact, that they even behave differently: they can pass through cell walls and they can enter our organs. What this means for our health requires further study.

MOMENTUM’s Marja Lamoree was asked for her expertise in this area in an interview with the Dutch news outlet NOS.*

* The interview is in Dutch