Tap water produces a natural protective shield against harmful microplastics
The research reveals that
tap water contains trace elements and minerals, which prevent plastics from degrading in the water and releasing microplastics
. Microplastics can carry a range of contaminants such as trace metals and some potentially harmful organic chemicals.
Previous studies investigating microplastics release have used forms of pure water, which only exist in laboratories and do not specifically take into account the ions and impurities found in tap water.