In the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, many cafes took the preliminary precautionary step of not serving drinks in reusable glassware. With little recognized about how the virus might be transmitted, significantly whether or not or not it might survive on surfaces, for the sake of client well being espresso retailers determined to take the much less eco-friendly route and serve all drinks in to-go cups.

However a brand new examine finds a possible well being danger related to consuming sizzling liquid from to-go cups: microplastics. Set to be revealed within the upcoming version of the Journal of Hazardous Materials, researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur discovered that in simply 15 minutes, paper to-go cups can launch 25,000 doubtlessly dangerous micron-sized plastic particles right into a sizzling beverage.

As reported by Study Finds, microplastics are fully invisible to the bare eye and “may be as small as one-fiftieth the width of a human hair.” Earlier research have discovered microplastics resulting in irritation in animals and will doubtlessly result in most cancers and infertility. For the examine, researchers heated “ulta-pure” water to 85-90°C (185-195°F) earlier than pouring it into paper cups and…