Microplastics rampant in bottled water

Researchers at New Orb Media and State University of New York found microplastics in 11 leading brands of bottled water worldwide. A single litre of bottled water can contain thousands of plastic particles.

Exclusive tests on more than 250 bottles from 11 leading global brands reveal widespread contamination with plastic debris including polypropylene, nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), according to a statement from New Orb Media.

Plastic was identified in 93 per cent of the samples. The researchers found an average of 325 particles per litre, but particle concentration ranged from zero to more than 10,000 likely plastic particles in a single bottle.

Brands tested included Aqua (Danone), Aquafina (PepsiCo), Bisleri (Bisleri International), Dasani (Coca-Cola), Epura (PepsiCo), Evian (Danone), Gerolsteiner (Gerolsteiner Brunnen), Minalba (Grupo Edson Queiroz), Nestlé Pure Life (Nestlé), San Pellegrino (Nestlé), and Wahaha (Hangzhou Wahaha Group).

Samples came from 19 locations in nine countries on five continents including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand, and the United States. The majority of the samples came in plastic bottles, but water in glass bottles also held microplastic.

The effect that microplastics have on human health are still unknown.

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