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Published on Thursday, 07 April 2016

Laundering not landfill causes nanoparticle release

Written by John Mowbray

ZURICH – New research from Switzerland has found that more silver nanoparticles – used for their antimicrobial qualities - are released the first time clothing items are washed than when they are sent to landfill. The research used a life cycle analysis (LCA) approach to examine the potential for silver nanoparticle (AgNP) release from textiles, and estimated the relative importance of different phases to the release of Ag over time.


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