More Microplastics in Bottled Water than in Tap Water

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New study suggests that there is more microplastics in bottled water than in regular tap water. Microplastics are plastic particles coming from plastic containers.

Researchers found that the plastic fibers can be found in 90% of major bottled water brands. In the study, 11 brands and 259 bottles were analyzed. The study revealed 325 plastic pieces for every liter of water on average.

In some brands, there were up to 10,000 plastic bits in a liter of water. Only 17 bottles contained to microplastics.

The study was commissioned by Orb Media and carried out by a research team at the State University of New York.

The study also shows that there is twice as many microplastics in bottled water than in tap water. The most common type of plastic fiber detected in water is polypropylene, which is used to manufacture bottle caps.

The bottles included in the study were purchased in Brazil, China, Mexico, the U.S., India, Kenya, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Thailand.

Major Brands of Bottled Water Have a Microplastics Issue

Researchers used a special dye in their experiments that can make plastic particles glow. Lead author Dr Andrew Mayes unveiled that the brands tested with the method are Danone’s Evian, Danone’s Aqua, Nestle’s San Pellegrino, Coca-Cola’s Dasani, Pepsi’s Aquafina, Hangzhou Wahaha Group’s Wahaha, Pepsi’s Epura among others.

An independent analysis of 19 brands sold in the U.S. found that the majority contain microplastics. For instance, there was 58.6 plastic pieces in a Boxed Water bottle. Fiji Water contained 12 plastic pieces, while Ozarka and Ice Mountain contained 15 and 11 plastic bits, respectively.

Researchers believe that plastics can travel by air inside factories and land in water. Plastics can originate from workers’ clothing or the factory’s fans. The issue was described as ‘problematic’ since customers pay extra dollars for a premium product.
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