The world’s leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday. “Widespread contamination” with plastic was found in the study after analysis of 250 bottles of water in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand and the United States. Plastic was identified in 93 percent of the samples, which included major name brands such as Aqua, Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure Life and San Pellegrino.

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We are drinking plastic: Microplastic found in 93% of bottled water and in tap water. Photograph: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The plastic debris included nylon, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene, which is used to make bottle caps. 65 percent of the particles were actually fragments and not fibers. Most of the plastic is coming from the bottle itself. It is coming from the cap. It is coming from the industrial process of bottling the water.

Particle concentration ranged from “zero to more than 10,000 likely plastic particles in a single bottle.

On average, plastic particles in the 100 micron (0.10 millimeter) size range – considered “microplastics” – were found at an average rate of 10.4 plastic particles per liter. Even smaller particles were more common – averaging about 325 per liter.

Other brands that were found to contain plastic contaminated included Bisleri, Epura, Gerolsteiner, Minalba and Wahaha.

Experts cautioned that the extent of the risk to human health posed by such contamination remains unclear. However there are connections to increases in certain kinds of cancer to lower sperm count to increases in conditions like ADHD and autism.

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Previous research by Orb Media has found plastic particles in tap water, too, but on a smaller scale. 

Tap water, by and large, is much safer than bottled water.

Of course, representatives from the bottled water industry took issue with the findings, saying they were not peer-reviewed and “not based on sound science,” before adding:

A recent scientific study published in the peer-reviewed journal Water Research in February 2018 concluded that no statistically relevant amount of microplastic can be found in water in single-use plastic bottles. […] There is no scientific consensus on the potential health impacts of microplastic particles. The data on the topic is limited and conclusions differ dramatically from one study to another.

We know plastics are building up in marine animals, and this means we too are being exposed, some of us every day. It’s more urgent now than ever before to make plastic water bottles a thing of the past.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Water molecule structure can be changed by frequencies. Water molecule structure also can be changed by our emotions. If we have good mood, water molecule structure can be changed to good tasty water. But if we are angry, water molecule structure can be changed to bad nasty water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. If you keep your emotion in bad mood too long, you are going to be sick and get cancer, or some other diseases.

    More info: Youtube: If thoughts can do that to water, IMAGINE what they could do to us…avi

  2. SECTION 9 AGENT BATOU: ” That’s why I give the Blue Mini Tanks natural oil! Take one of those plastic water bottles put it in your car on the hottest two weeks of the year! Then try to drink it, it’ll taste like crud and has so much BPA chemicals in it .The guy’s nuts won’t make testosterone :'( and the gals will get a mega dose of estrogen hormones from BPA causing cancers of reproductive organs! When the temperature of the bottle water hits 87.5 or 89.5 degrees Fahrenheit BAM! A chemical reaction occurs as BPA leaks into the water or juice? That’s why I drink only out of glass beer bottles or cans ha ha ha ha ha! Then one time there was this weirdo , who built a shack out of plastic bottles and drank from them showered with them. We detained him for questioning on a hacker crime. WOW the dude grew breasts due to all the BPA exposure, we sent him off to the Environmental Health Sciences Department. Though, Japan and American Imperial Empire developed the scrubbers filters to get that stuff and the pharmaceuticals pollution out of the water supplies by 2022. Now don’t get me started on the Novochanixch Incident that’s one heck of a tall tale?! 😉

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