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Study Finds Microplastics Contained in Bottled Water


MARCH 20, 2018

Source: Collective Evolution | By ALANNA KETLER

The World Health Organization has recently announced that they’ll be launching a review of the potential risks of microplastics that have recently been found in over 90% of the world’s most popular brands of bottled water.

Yes, this means that if you drink bottled water regularly, then you have also consumed tiny pieces of plastic that could potentially have some adverse health effects. If this isn’t enough to finally ditch the plastic bottles then I don’t know what is. There are many reasons to stop drinking bottled water, if you don’t care to do it for the environment, then maybe you’ll feel called to do it for your health.

This analysis was conducted by the state University of New York in Fredonia, it was part of a project from an investigative journalism company called Orb Media. The study tested 259 bottles of water from 11 different brands from 9 different countries including China, Brazil, India, Mexico, India, Lebanon, Kenya, Indonesia, Thailand and the United States.

What They Found

Out of all of the bottles that were tested only 17 were found to be free of microplastics. An average of 325 pieces of microplastic, which includes polypropylene, nylon and polythylene terephthalate per liter of water. In one instance, a bottle of Nestle Pure Life contained over 10,000 pieces of microplastic, of course it was Nestle.

The following infographic breaks down the worst brands to the least…

What Can You Do?

WHO health officials claim that there is no evidence that these microplastics are harmful to human health, but there is also no evidence to say that they aren’t harmful. We already know of the hormone disrupting effects from chemicals that are often found in plastics like BPA, which is in most plastic water bottles.

The best way to avoid the potential risks is to simply quit consuming water from plastic bottles, especially Nestle. A reusable water bottle made from glass or stainless steel is your best option, just make sure to get one that is free of lead and other contaminants. If you are concerned about chemicals that are added to the tap water like fluoride or chlorine, you can get your water from a spring – for free! Find a spring closest to you by following this link. If there is no spring near you, filtered water can be found at most major grocery stores. Bottled water is not only bad for our health, but it is contributing big-time to the pollution of our oceans and our environment.

Every piece of plastic ever created still exists today.

Perhaps the discovery of these plastic particles in the water is what was finally needed to scare people just enough to make a move away from plastic. If you aren’t concerned about the microplastics, perhaps some of the 24,000 other chemicals found in bottled water might get your attention. We have many other options, let’s choose one that is more in alignment with the earth and our health!

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