Atheer – External Sources
A study carried out by scientists from the State University of New York has found that more than ninety percent of bottled water worldwide contains tiny pieces of plastic.
According to the BBC, the researchers tested 259 individual bottles across eleven brands sold in nine different countries, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and the US.
Global brands including Aquafina and Evian, as well as the Indian brand Bisleri were tested. A sample of the latter from Chennai showed over five thousand microplastic particles per litre.
Although bottling companies insisted that they enforce strict quality control, findings indicating presence of carcinogenic substance in the water raise concerns about the long-term implications for public health.
Polypropylene, used to make plastic bottle caps, was the most common polymeric material found in the samples, while nylon was the second.
After accounting for possible laboratory contamination, 93 percent of bottled water showed the presence of at least some microplastics.
The data indicated that such contamination at least partially comes from the packaging process itself.
Among leading companies, PepsiCo India contested the study’s findings, saying “aquafina maintains rigorous quality-control measures, sanitary manufacturing practices, filtration and other food safety mechanisms, which yield a reliably safe product for enjoyment anywhere in the world. The science of microplastics and microfibres is in its infancy. Microplastic particles are found across our environment, including soil, air and water.”