A recent study shows what should come as no surprise.
We need to go all in on alternatives to plastic.
New research has shown that millions of microplastics are released from infant-feeding bottles during formula preparation.
The team of researchers from Trinity College Dublin undertook a global survey in order to estimate the exposure of 12-month-old infants to microplastics in 48 regions.
They found that there are up to 16 million microplastics and trillions of smaller nano-plastics per litre of infant formula milk.
Sterilisation and exposure to high water temperatures significantly increase the microplastic release – from 0.6 million to 55 million particles per litre, when temperature increases from 25 to 95 °C.
Based on these findings, the researchers have developed a set of recommendations for infant formula preparation in a bid to minimise microplastic release:
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