Study: bottled water contains hundreds of thousands of nanoplastics

(Washington, DC)  --  Bottled water could contain hundreds of thousands of dangerous nanoplastics.

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looks into a new area of plastic pollution.

These plastic fragments are the size of viruses or vaccines particles.

A study co-author told The Hill that microplastics are known to be in the environment, but nanoplastics are thousands of times smaller, making it easier for them to get into human bodies.

He said they  "can cross into the blood, and then can cross the different barriers to get into the cells," which could cause them to "malfunction."