As part of the recipe for many everyday items, including toothpaste, cosmetics, and baked goods, nanomaterials are found in an incredible number of products. Global revenue from their sales could reach US $2.8 trillion next year, according to a report by Charles R. McConachie, a consumer and health-care lawyer in Dallas.
The report cites concerns about environmental, health, and safety risks from such products, as well as their potential to add toxicity to water systems and landfills when discarded. A lot of money is being invested in nanotech research, but the report suggests not enough is being spent to regulate the products’ safety before they reach the marketplace or to develop policies for disposing of them properly.
Do you feel comfortable using products made with nanomaterials?