Hazardous Levels of Microplastics Found in Bottled WaterMarie Donlon | July 09, 2018
Following on the heels of related studies concerning microplastics is research from the State University of New York at Fredonia, asserting that the amount of microplastics found in bottled water is hazardous to human health.
The research team examined almost 260 bottles of water from 11 different companies and nine different countries. To determine microplastic levels, the team added red dye to each water bottle where the dye would cling to any plastic that might be present in the bottled water. During this examination, the team found that in almost each liter of water, an average of 10.4 plastic particles were present.
While some unnamed brands contained no microplastics at all, the team found that in just one liter of bottled water from Nestle Pure Life there were an estimated 10,000 plastic pieces.
While it is universally understood that plastic waste clutters the eco-system and affects waterways and wildlife alike, little research has been devoted to how the presence of plastic waste impacts human health.
However, according to related studies where researchers determined that the presence of microplastics have changed the behavior and hormone levels of fish, the impact of microplastics on human health is likely as harmful.
Considering that the study revealed dangerous levels of microplastics hidden in bottled water, the World Health Organization has been spurred to action and is now investigating the hazards of human microplastic consumption.