Menu
Natural Home Remedies healthy recipesNatural Home Remedies healthy lifestyle
Here's how to prevent microplastics from being released into the water

Here's how to prevent microplastics from being released into the water

What to use to prevent containers and kettles from releasing the dreaded microplastics into the water? The answer is, tap water! In fact, tap water prevents the household appliances it comes into contact with from releasing microplastics, as emerges from a very recent scientific research that will be published in January in the Chemical Engineering Journal by a team from the SFI Center for Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research, Trinity College Dublin, and University College Dublin (Shi et al, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2022).

The problem of microplastics

Plastic bottles and containers, kettles and teapots can release microplastics, which in turn can be ingested by people. Studies have observed that microplastics can increase inflammation levels in the body. Chronic inflammation is the main cause, in the long term, of an increased risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and cellular degeneration. Not only that, microplastics are also capable of increasing the oxidative stress of the body with possible damage to the tissues. But how to prevent these objects from releasing microplastics to the food and drinks they come into contact with? Certainly one solution is to opt for other types of materials such as glass. Sometimes, however, it is not possible to choose different alternatives. For example, if the kettle at home is made of plastic, what should we do?

The solution is given by tap water

The research we are talking about today states that tap water, coming into contact with plastic bottles or kettles, prevents these from releasing microplastics. The merit is all in the minerals and trace elements present in tap water, capable of creating a protective film on the container or appliance and thus preventing the release of toxic microplastics. Until now, laboratory tests had been performed on samples of pure water, which however exists only in the laboratory. These experiments had observed how plastic containers release their microplastics to water. In reality, however, the water is not pure, but thanks to the presence of impurities it creates a coating that prevents the container from degrading and releasing microplastics. For example, as the study author himself indicates, the dark color that can be seen inside the kettle is a good indicator. In fact, the dark color is given by the copper oxide that is formed from the copper contained in tap water that in turn comes from the pipes of the house. This offers protection to the kettle.

Conclusions

Here is another proof that nature alone is able to offer the solution to modern problems that are causing much concern. In addition, this research paves the way for the introduction of new coatings for plastic containers and appliances that can be applied during production without waiting for the cover to form naturally and thus making these products safer.
AUTHOR
She combines her passion for a natural lifestyle and her university studies, she has indeed a Master of Science degree in Physics and a PhD in Physics in the field of biophysics. Reading scientific articles, being updated with the latest scientific researches and testing new methods and recipes is since always her job that, we hope, has become useful to you.
Natural Remedies App Logo
Get now the App Natural Remedies, the app for a healthy lifestyle and healthy food

You might also be interested in these scientific research

D mannose to prevent and treat cystitis, even recurrent
D mannose to prevent and treat cystitis, even recurrent
Cystitis, especially if recurrent, is an unpleasant disorder with repercussions in everyday life. The review we are talking about today shows the progress made by science in recent years and the results of studies that i
Sleeping more to prevent obesity in children and adolescents
Sleeping more to prevent obesity in children and adolescents
The English researchers of the Warwick University have observed that there is a connection between lack of sleep in children and adolescents and the risk of obesity. The study, that collects the results of 42 researches
Bad mood, anxiety and insomnia? Essential oils are more than a help, here's the proof
Bad mood, anxiety and insomnia? Essential oils are more than a help, here's the proof
Anxiety, insomnia and sadness? Try essential oils… so you may often hear and read. There are some people who have adopted the natural lifestyle and made it their own, also relying on essential oils, and some people who a
The nutrients that prevent and counteract headache
The nutrients that prevent and counteract headache
What we eat can help in case of a headache? It seems so, and this is thanks to a fascinating mechanism that connects some nutrients with the energy available to brain cells. This is what emerges from a very recent review
How exercise can help to prevent Alzheimer's disease
How exercise can help to prevent Alzheimer's disease
The coronavirus emergency has momentarily overshadowed other very important diseases. However, we believe that even now it is essential to talk about these topics, especially when new research is performed that could rea
Domestic clothes dryers can pollute the air with microplastics
Domestic clothes dryers can pollute the air with microplastics
It is important to keep the environments in which we live clean and healthy as well as to protect the quality of the air in our homes. We often think of the pollution that comes from the outside or of the harmful substan
Here's what to do against physical and mental exhaustion
Here's what to do against physical and mental exhaustion
When we feel tired, exhausted and stressed, the cure is… 20 minutes a day of yoga. In fact, no more is needed, according to scientists from the All India Institute of Medical Science. The researchers published a few week
Vitamin C, cataracts and free radical damage, here's how to protect your eyes and vision
Vitamin C, cataracts and free radical damage, here's how to protect your eyes and vision
A healthy and balanced diet can also support vision health by protecting the eye from the aging process, damage from UV rays and the onset of cataracts. This is thanks to the contribution of vitamin C, a vitamin with an
Natural Remedies
Download the App
Copyright © 2022 - Natural Remedies Registered Brand 302018000008020
x