Plastics Degrade into Nano Particles

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 21 December 2018


Plastics Degrade into Nano Particles

Plastic waste disintegrates into nanoparticles, study finds,
Lund University, December 19, 2018.


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Macro or Micro?
“The research community is divided on whether the degradation process stops at slightly larger plastic fragments - microplastics - or actually continues and creates even smaller particles.”

"We have been able to show that the mechanical effect on the plastic causes the disintegration of plastic down to nano-sized plastic fragments."

Nano Food Chain
“ an earlier study from Lund University, researchers showed that nano-sized plastic particles can enter the brains of fish and that this causes brain damage which probably disturbs fish behaviour.”

“The emphasis of a number of other recent studies from the research community has been on microplastics and their increased distribution among organisms. There are now intense attempts to also identify nanoplastics in the environment.”

Unknown Natural-Nature Effects
"These results clearly demonstrate that daily-use polystyrene products can break down into nanoparticles. Model polystyrene particles with different sizes and surface modifications have previously been shown to have different negative effects on wildlife. This indicates that breakdown nanoparticles might have the potential to cause (a) cocktail (of) effects in nature."




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