Misconception: Nanosilver damages the environment.
The overall answer is that this is simply not true, and here’s why: In theory, if an enormously, vast amount of nanosilver particles were simultaneously dumped on every ton of soil all over the world (such as 28.5 quarts per ton of soil), there could possibly be some environmental damage, albeit not much. What really happens is that the infinitesimal amount of nanosilver that does makes its way into the environment quickly aggregates (clumps), and these larger pieces of silver metal do not harm the environment.
Most of the silver nanoparticles that end up in the environment are easily tied up by the sulfur compounds existing in the soil. The sulfur neutralizes and easily binds particles rendering them incapable to produce further damage.
The concerns related to silver or gold nanoparticles in the environment are vastly overblown.
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