Researcher Sherri Mason from the State University of New York’s Fredonia campus recently discovered that “widespread contamination” was found in 93 percent of the bottled water she tested. The tested brands contained Aqua, Aquafina, Bisleri, Dasani, Epura, Evian, Gerolsteiner, Minalba, Nestle Pure Life, Wahaha and even San Pellegrino. They were all found to be contaminated with what are called microplastics.
Researchers tested over 250 different samples from various countries, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand, and the United States. 93 percent of the samples contained plastic debris such as nylon, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene. The amount of plastic around .10 millimeter big in the water ranges from 0 particles to over 10,000 particles in a single bottle of water, with the average being around 10.4 particles per liter. In smaller particles, there are around 325 particles per liter.
Experts have linked the microplastics in question to certain types of cancer, lower sperm count, and even to conditions such as ADHD and autism. Researchers recommend switching to tap water, which although it also contains plastics, it contains much less than bottled water. Bottled water representatives dispute the claims, but have yet to explain their side of the story. Either way, it seems that we’re better off switching back to plain old filtered tap water!
This is a frightening story, and we know that sometimes we need a reminder of the good in the world at a time like this, so check out the video below!