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Non-Stick Pans Can Release Millions of Micro and Nano Plastic Particles Over Time

Researchers from the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation and Flinders Institute of NanoScale Science and Engineering have found that broken coating on non-stick pans can release up to 2.3 million microplastics and nanoplastics when undergoing everyday use.
This comes after scientists from the University of Newcastle and Flinders University developed an approach using Raman imaging and algorithms that enabled the direct visualization and identification of micro and nano Teflon plastics.
Teflon is the brand name for the synthetic chemical polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which is waterproof and reduces friction on non-stick surfaces.
This new technique allowed researchers to measure the number of plastic particles that are potentially released by non-stick pans during cooking or washing as their coating degrades over time….

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