Bottled water contaminated with microplastics
The vast majority of water in plastic bottles is contaminated with tiny particles of plastic, a new study has found. Researchers at the State University of New York, working for non-profit outfit Orb Media, examined 11 different water brands purchased in nine countries and found microplastics in over 90% of a total of 259 bottles.
The study included leading brands such as Nestlé Pure Life, Aquafina, Evian and San Pellegrino and detected an average 10.4 particles of microplastics per litre, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene, polystyrene and nylon.
It's unclear what the implications are for health as maximum safe level of consumption for microplastics has yet to be established.
“Bottled water is marketed as the very essence of purity,” says Orb Media. “It's the fastest-growing beverage market in the world, valued at US$147bn per year.”
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