Nano Size Plastic Particles should be designated as “Incidental,” distinguishing them from “Manufactured” Nano Size Particles

On Thursday, February 13, 2020, the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA)‘nanoplastics’-terminology-focus-position-paper-nia urged “… caution and clarity when referring to plastics as small particles or fragments. ‘Nanoplastics’ is a non-specific and ambiguous term, and qualifiers should be considered for accurate presentation to all audiences. Incidental ‘nanoplastics’, or more specifically incidental plastic nanoscale materials, can be formed by degradation of plastics or from wear. Manufactured ‘nanoplastics’ (i.e. plastic nanomaterials) are intentionally produced at the nanoscale to allow for specific product characteristics. The presence of manufactured ‘nanoplastics’ within the environment is expected to be very low as they are incorporated into products (i.e. bound in a matrix) …” – The complete NIA position paper is here: #PlasticWaste #MicroPlastic #NanoPlastic #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging