Like plastic cups, paper cups are also dangerous, new research gave a big warning - Newztezz Online


Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Like plastic cups, paper cups are also dangerous, new research gave a big warning

If you think that instead of plastic cups, you will use cups made of paper and they are absolutely safe for health.

If you think that if you use paper cups instead of plastic cups and they are absolutely safe for health, then you are mistaken. In fact, recently a study has come out in which it has been revealed that cups made of paper can also spoil the soil and nature. Reports of plastic pollution polluting all parts and all living things have accelerated the shift towards alternative materials. A team of researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden revealed the above report in a study testing the effect of disposable cups made of different materials on butterfly mosquito larvae.

According to the report, we left paper cups and plastic cups in wet sediment and water for a few weeks and observed how the leached chemicals affected the larvae. "All mugs had a negative effect on the development of mosquito larvae," said Bethany Carney Almroth, professor of environmental science at the University of Gothenburg.

Paper used in food packaging material needs to be treated with a surface coating. This plastic protects the paper from the coffee in your hand. Nowadays, plastic film is often made of polylactide, PLA, a type of bioplastic. Bioplastics are produced from renewable resources (PLA is typically produced from corn, cassava, or sugarcane) rather than from fossil fuels, as is the case with 99 percent of plastics on the market.

According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Pollution, PLA is often considered biodegradable, meaning it can break down faster than oil-based plastics under the right conditions, but it can still be toxic.

Bioplastics do not break down effectively when they reach the environment, such as water. There is a risk that the plastic may persist in nature and the resulting microplastics may be ingested by animals and humans. As do other plastics. Bioplastics contain the same chemicals as conventional plastics. Some chemicals in plastic are known to be toxic, we lack information about others. Paper packaging also presents a potential health hazard compared to other materials, the authors wrote.

Disclaimer: Before following the methods, methods and suggestions mentioned in this article, do take the advice of a doctor or a related expert.

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