Saturday, June 09, 2018

ANS -- Fwd: Plastic in bottled water

This was sent to me by one of our readers.  Scary.  

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Date: Sat, Jun 9, 2018 at 12:18 AM
Subject: Plastic in bottled water
To: Kim Cooper <>

Kim, are you following the issue of "microplastic" in bottled water? Debby was asking about what I thought about the issue recently, and sent me the Guardian link below.

If you follow some of the links in the Guardian article they lead here:

Seems the study,
        Analysis of 259 bottles from 19 locations in nine countries across 11 different brands
was commissioned by:
        Orb Media, a nonprofit journalism organization based in Washington, D.C.
and done by:
        Prof. Sherri Mason at the State University of New York (SUNY)

Study tested 11 brands tested including Nestle Pure Life, Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, San Pellegrino and Gerolsteiner — as well as major national brands across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Research found 93% of bottles tested contained some sort of microplastic, including polypropylene, polystyrene, nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Anything smaller than five millimetres in size (5,000 microns) is considered microplastic.

Orb found on average there were 10.4 particles of plastic per litre that were 100 microns (0.10 mm) or bigger.

Other, smaller particles were also found — 314 per litre, on average — which some consulted experts believe are plastics but it was not possible to positively identify these particles.

One bottle of Nestlé Pure Life, contained 10,000 plastic pieces per litre of water. 17 of the 259 bottles tested were free of plastics.

Results were said to be double the level of similar-sized microplastics in a 2017 tap water study by Orb which analyzed tap water from over a dozen countries across five continents.

The final report is available here:

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