Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Major bottled water brands may contain plastic particles, new research shows

Particle concentration ranged from Particle concentration ranged from"zero to more than 10,000 likely plastic particles in a single bottle
Jean Garcia | 16 March, 2018, 02:36

A World Health Organisation official told BBC News the research had not been done to know what the plastic particles might do in the body.

There is no evidence that microplastics damage human health but the WHO says that more research is needed. Therefore, they undergo more purification processes and are also not affected by the plastic recipients.

Bruce Gordon, the WHO's co-ordinator for water and sanitation, said that there was insufficient research to judge whether microplastics contained toxins or how a lifetime of...

After accounting for possible laboratory contamination, 93 per cent of bottled water showed some sign of microplastic contamination.

Orb Media, a nonprofit journalism organization, explained that plastic waste does not biodegrade, but instead breaks down into smaller pieces. "As polypropylene was the most common polymer found, the fragments could also be breaking off the cap, even entering the water through the simple act of opening the bottle", it adds. These microparticles are typically about the same thickness as a single strand of human hair, and scientists don't know yet what gulping them down might be doing to our bodies.

Bottled water has twice the amount of microplastic in it that tap water does, according to a new report.

Researcher Abigail Barrows of Ocean Analytics, who carried out the research for Story of Stuff in her laboratory in ME, told The Guardian there were several possible routes for the plastics to be entering the bottles. Also, nickel and arsenic are also found in tap water and they are equally unsafe to humans' health.

"We normally have a "safe" limit but to have a safe limit, to define that, we need to understand if these things are unsafe, and if they occur in water at concentrations that are risky".

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A few bottles were found to have thousands of particles - the vast majority being the smaller ones that are "probably plastic" - but others from the same pack had virtually none.

These are finest plastic particles which travel through the gut's lymphatic system or pass to the kidneys or liver via bloodstream.

The tested plastic particles are then analysed under a microscope with a crime-scene investigation light shining on the particles allowing them to glow like tiny embers, Orb Media reported.

For plastic particles in the 100 micron, or 0.10 millimetre size range, tests at the State University of NY revealed a global average of 10.4 plastic particles per litre.

People are generally advised to drink filtered tap water in reusable containers.

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"We still can not understand how the study reached the conclusions it did", Gerolsteiner said. Manzar further stressed that plastic water bottles must not be used more than three times.

Ms Mason says this testing reveals how plastic is everywhere. The spokesperson said concentrations of plastics in water from their own analyses were lower than those allowed in pharmaceutical products. Plastic in food and water is a genuine concern- who wants to eat or drink plastic? Retail purchase, package preparation, and acceptance by shipping office of most sample cases were documented with video and still photography to confirm chain of possession, researchers said in the report.

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