Articles

ToxicFree Foundation / Articles

There’s a Good Chance the Fancy Bottled Water You Drink May Contain Microplastics

The next time you pay $3 - $4 for bottled water, overpriced tap water may not be the only thing you’re ingesting. A new study by researchers with Orb Media and Fredonia State University recently found that 93% of bottled water tested was contaminated with “microplastics”.

Scientists with Fredonia State University and Orb Media tested more than 250 bottles of water from 11 different brands. The results of their studies showed that the tested bottled water contained on average 10.4 “plastic particles per liter of water”. That’s two times the amount commonly found in tap water. These weren’t off-brand waters testing positive either. The contaminated water came from popular brand names such as: Aquafina, Dasani, Nestle Pure Life, and San Pellegrino. Microplastics are described as “fragments of plastic”. This includes not only the plastic used to make the bottles themselves, but also the bottle caps.

The scientists that conducted the study aren’t sure what threats if any the microplastics pose to humans or animals that consume them. The International Bottled Water Association however has no such questions, it believes the "study's findings do nothing more than unnecessarily scare consumers…" and aren’t based on “sound science”. For its part, the World Health Organization has said that it will now launch its own investigation. It will be interesting to see if the IBWA and WHO come to conclusions that differ from those of Orb Media and Fredonia Statue University when they conduct their research.

To learn more about the studying’s findings, follow the link: https://usat.ly/2FEDavL

To read the study for yourself, click here: http://bit.ly/2pdRNf2