If you thought your spring sourced bottled water was pure and pristine, think again. New research and reporting shows that there may be thousands of microplastics in a single liter of bottled water.

Exclusive tests on more than 250 bottles from 11 leading brands worldwide reveal widespread contamination with plastic debris. Plastics in the water included polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Microplastic particles were identified in 93 percent of the samples. The global average was 325 particles per liter. Particle concentration ranged from zero to more than 10,000 likely plastic particles in a single bottle.

Tap vs. Bottled Water

For microplastic debris around 100 microns in size, about the diameter of a human hair – Bottled water samples contained nearly 2 times as many pieces of microplastic per liter (10.4) than the tap water samples (4.45), according to the report.

Thus giving credence to the long held expert opinion that bottled water is inferior to tap water.

Water Brands Tested

Brands tested included Aqua (Danone), Aquafina (PepsiCo), Bisleri (Bisleri International), Dasani (Coca-Cola), Epura (PepsiCo), Evian (Danone), Gerolsteiner (Gerolsteiner Brunnen), Minalba (Grupo Edson Queiroz), Nestlé Pure Life (Nestlé), San Pellegrino (Nestlé), and Wahaha (Hangzhou Wahaha Group).

The study was conducted by Orb Media, a nonprofit journalism group, and supervised by Dr. Sherri Mason, Chair of the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences at the State University of New York at Fredonia, a leading microplastics researcher.

Samples came from 19 locations in nine countries on five continents including Brazil, ChinaIndia, Indonesia, Kenya, LebanonMexicoThailand, and the United States. The majority of the samples came in plastic bottles. Water in glass bottles also held microplastic.

Source: Orb Media, a nonprofit journalism organization.

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