Plastic particles found in top bottled water brands

Plastic particles found in top bottled water brands

But the research does bring to light how prevalent plastic waste is becoming - millions of metric tons enter the ocean every year alone.

Jacqueline Savitz, chief policy officer for North America at Oceana, a marine advocacy group that was not involved in the research, said the study provides more evidence that society must abandon the ubiquitous use of plastic water bottles. While Orb consulted toxicologists and microplastics experts throughout the research process, the study was not published in a scientific journal and has not been subjected to a peer review. They took samples from 19 different locations in nine countries and discovered that 10.4 plastic particles were found in every litre in numerous bottles.

In India, the minimum water requirement for an average adult human who weighs around 64 kg is approximately 6 liters per day, according to WHO. Plastic particles in the 0.10 millimeter size range were found in bottled water at an average of 10.4 per liter, while smaller particles likely to be plastic averaged 314.6 per liter. So, is this a problem?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has now announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water. Country market leaders Aqua (Indonesia), Epura (Mexico), Gerolsteiner (Germany), Minalba (Brazil), Wahaha (China) were also tested. The study found that "at least part" of the microplastic contamination came from the packaging material and the bottling process itself.

The makers mentioned that the bottled water goes through rigorous quality-control and is a safe product. Numerous steps in a multi-barrier system are effective in safeguarding bottled water from microbiological and other contamination.

He says "there's all sorts of tiny particles of plastic and the concern is that as our instruments are getting better and better, we're finding smaller and smaller particles".

"Some of the bottles we tested contained so many particles that we asked a former astrophysicist to use his experience counting stars in the heavens to help us tally these fluorescing constellations", researchers said in a statement.

There is no evidence that microplastics can harm human health but the WHO said it wanted to assess the state of knowledge.

The Story of Stuff Project has recently revealed a study that contradicts everything you knew about bottled water.

"What we do know is that microplastics are in the environment all around us - and they're accumulating".

"I imagine that plastic particles probably shear off the plastic bottles, causing an added increase of microplastics in this water", she said.

However, new research by Washington DC-based Orb Media, a non-profit journalistic enterprise, shows that a single bottle can hold dozens or possibly even thousands of microscopic plastic particles. 'So. you're seeing that the manufacturing of the bottled water is affecting the quality of the water that you're drinking'.

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