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Occurrence, toxicity and remediation of polyethylene terephthalate plastics. A review

Dhaka, V and Singh, S and Anil, AG and Sunil Kumar Naik, TS and Garg, S and Samuel, J and Kumar, M and Ramamurthy, PC and Singh, J (2022) Occurrence, toxicity and remediation of polyethylene terephthalate plastics. A review. In: Environmental Chemistry Letters .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10311-021-01384-8


Polyethylene terephthalate is a common plastic in many products such as viscose rayon for clothing, and packaging material in the food and beverage industries. Polyethylene terephthalate has beneficial properties such as light weight, high tensile strength, transparency and gas barrier. Nonetheless, there is actually increasing concern about plastic pollution and toxicity. Here we review the properties, occurrence, toxicity, remediation and analysis of polyethylene terephthalate as macroplastic, mesoplastic, microplastic and nanoplastic. Polyethylene terephthalate occurs in groundwater, drinking water, soils and sediments. Plastic uptake by humans induces diseases such as reducing migration and proliferation of human mesenchymal stem cells of bone marrow and endothelial progenitor cells. Polyethylene terephthalate can be degraded by physical, chemical and biological methods. © 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Environmental Chemistry Letters
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Authors
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Interdisciplinary Centre for Water Research
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 10:23
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2022 10:23
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/71181

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