Plastics in Bottled Water?!

In the past we have covered topics like saying NO to plastic bottles in which we talk about how the cost of plastic bottles is severely inflated compared to the water used to fill it and in this post which we talk about the growing plastic waste problem, we talk about how because of the increase usage of plastics in our daily lives, we are creating an ever increasing mess of microplastic pollution which would take literally centuries to break down.

Now, latest research by Orb Media shows that almost all brands of plastic bottles contain some level of unwanted microplastic including polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Tests at the State University of New York revealed a global average of 10.4 plastic particles per litre, that is for particles the size of 100 micron (the thickness of a human hair is about 75 microns). When tested further for particles smaller than 100 micron, the number shoots up to about 314.6 particles per litre.

These findings show that if a human consumes about 1 litre per day from bottled water, this person may be consuming up to tens of thousands of microplastic per year.

So the big question remains is what would the consumption of untold amounts of microplastic do to your body? Science currently is uncertain due to the problem being relatively new first world problem. What little research that has been done on microplastic in seafood has shown that these microplastic can act as carriers by adsorbing and concentrating chemicals present in the environment that are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic, known as PBT compounds. This means, on top of harm caused by the microplastic particle itself, harmful chemicals can be carried and released inside the body. Granted, this is estimates by scientists on the effects of microplastic in seafood but by and large humans will get similarly affected.

The best method hence to stop one way of microplastic finding their way into a regular intake for humans is to avoid using bottled water when possible. Getting a Water Purifier would be an excellent first step in helping you make the right decision and reduce reliance on bottled water. With purified water available 24/7, you would be purchasing less bottled water and treating your body right!

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