The leading water bottled brands in the world are contaminated with plastic particles. During the packaging procedure, these bottled brands get contaminated. This is proven by a recent major study conducted in nine nations around the world. In 93% of the samples, plastic was recognized. This included major mineral water brands like Aqua, Aquafina, Nestle Pure Life, Dasani, Evian, and San Pellegrino.
The study was led by Sherri Mason of the State University of New York at Fredonia who is a micro plastic researcher.
Plastic “Widespread contamination” was revealed in the study. Water bottles from the United States, India, Thailand, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, and Mexico were tested. The test was done on 250 bottles.
There was nylon, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene found in the plastic. This is used to make the caps of the bottles.
Mason said, “In this study, 65 percent of the particles we found were actually fragments and not fibers. I think that most of the plastic that we are seeing is coming from the bottle itself. It is coming from the cap. It is coming from the industrial process of bottling the water.”
The range of the particle concentration as per the report was from “zero to more than 10,000 likely plastic particles in a single bottle.”
Furthermore, other water bottled brands that also had plastic contamination were Bisleri, Epura, Gerolsteiner, Minalba, and Wahaha.
Experts are warning against the risk to human health because of this contamination.
Mason said, “There are connections to increases in certain kinds of cancer to lower sperm count to increases in conditions like ADHD and autism. We know that they are connected to these synthetic chemicals in the environment and we know that plastics are providing kind of a means to get those chemicals into our bodies.”
Jacqueline Savitz, chief policy officer for North America at Oceana, a marine advocacy group said that “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.”