A new study has shown that 90 percent of bottled water — including those from some of the world’s most popular bottled water brands — contains microplastic particles. As a result, the World Health Organization has announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in bottled water.
The new study, conducted by scientists based at the State University of New York in Fredonia, analyzed 259 bottles from 19 locations in nine countries from 11 different brands and found an average of 325 plastic particles for every liter of water being sold. According to the study, in some cases, concentrations were as high as 10,000 plastic pieces for every liter of water. Of the 259 bottles tested, only 17 were free of plastics. And while tap water showed better results, it’s not entirely safe either.
The brands tested were Aqua (Danone), Aquafina (PepsiCo Inc.), Bisleri (Bisleri International), Dasani (Coca-Cola Co.), Epura (PepsiCo Inc.), Evian (Danone), Gerolsteiner (Gerolsteiner Brunnen), Minalba (Grupo Edson Queiroz), Nestlé Pure Life (Nestle), San Pellegrino (Nestle), and Wahaha (Hangzhou Wahaha Group). So, essentially, all your favorite water brands have loads of tiny bits of plastic floating around in the stuff you use to keep hydrated and to make sure your skin is looking in tip-top shape.
What effect will this have on our health? Well, it’s very unclear as of yet. As much as 90 percent of ingested plastic could pass through a human body, but some of it may end up lodged in the gut, or traveling through the lymphatic system, according to research by the European Food Safety Authority.
The danger of plastic consumption had already been made clear when we found out we were actually ingesting it through the fish we eat. But to know that plastic is present into 90 percent of the water we consume is pretty scary. It just might be time to start rethinking our plastic use.
This article was written by Ines Mendonca. For More, check our our sister site, The Debrief.