Many people try to make a better choice by drinking bottled water instead of tap water since the municipal water from our faucets is loaded with all sorts of chemicals and pollutants. Unfortunately, bottled water may not be that much better.
It's old news that some brands of bottled water are little more than tap water, but now there's new research that tells us it gets even worse than that. Each bottle of water could be contaminated with hundreds -or even thousands – of plastic particles, which we ingest every time we take a sip.
A study was performed on 250 bottles of water purchased in 9 different countries at the State University of New York in Fredonia.
The results of the bottled water testing
93% of the water bottles had some contamination from plastic particles. The plastic particles were identified as 54% polypropylene, 16% nylon, 11% polystyrene 10% polyethylene, 6% polyester, and 3% other types of plastic.
An Australian news outlet posted the following chart with numbers on the highest and lowest counts of plastic in certain brands. Look at Nestle's high.
LOWEST/HIGHEST NUMBER OF PARTICLES FOUND PER LITRE, PER BRAND:
Aquafina: Lowest – 2, Highest – 1295
Dasani: Lowest – 2, Highest -335
Evian: Lowest – 0, Highest – 5230
Nestle Pure Life: Lowest – 6, Highest – 10390
San Pellegrino: Lowest – 0, Highest – 74
Interestingly, some bottles from the same case included widely varying amounts of plastic.
Orb Media, who performed the test, said:
Some of the bottles we tested contained so many particles that we asked a former astrophysicist to use his experience counting stars in the heavens to help us tally these fluorescing constellations.
Sizes ranged from the width of a human hair down to the size of a red blood cell. Some bottles had thousands. A few effectively had no plastic at all.