The microplastics objects smaller than 5 millimeters in several forms (pellets, foams, films, lines and nurdles, melted down plastics) can become nanoplastics specimens with a diameter of less than 0.1 micrometer, while shedding the chemicals that once made it useful (phthalates, bisphenol A and flame retardants) with a tendency to attract other chemicals in the water, including toxic industrial compounds (polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs) and heavy metals (copper, cadmium and lead), organic pollutants and pathogens (Vibrio spp). Essentially, these plastics become a chemical Trojan horse towards our plate.
(Packaging Strategies, September 15, 2018)

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