Many people opt to drink bottled water because they believe it to be cleaner and safer. Now, a new report is finding this may not be the case.
Calculating microplastic presence
Bathroom and shower specialists Showerstoyou analyzed the Plus Plastic report by Orb Media to reveal how much plastic is in our favorite water bottles. More specifically, these plastics are called microplastics.
According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, microplastics are any type of plastic fragment that is less than five millimeters in length, and they are everywhere.
Showerstoyou found that Nestlé Pure Life was the brand with the most microplastics, about 10,390 particles per liter. Second worst was Indian bottled water provider Bisleri with 5,230 particles per liter. Thereafter, were Gerolsteiner (5,160), Aqua (4,713), Epura (2,267) and Aquafina (1,295).
San Pellegrino was found to have the least amount of microplastics with a mere 74 per liter, followed by Evian (256), Dasani (335), Wahaha (731) and Minalba (863).
Showerstoyou estimates that Nestlé Pure Life drinkers could be consuming a staggering 640,024 microplastics a year. And the numbers aren't much better for other brands.
Bisleri drinkers could be consuming up to 322,168 microplastics a year
Gerolsteiner (317,856), Aqua (290,321), Epura (139,647), Aquafina (79,772), Minalba (53,161), Wahaha (45,030), Dasani (20,636), Evian (15,770) and San Pellegrino (4,558).
To calculate these yearly consumptions, the highest microplastic levels found in each bottled water brand were multiplied by the average global bottled water consumption per capita.
A ubiquitous problem
The danger of plastics has spread far and wide. From killing marine life to infecting our drinking water, the nefarious outcomes of plastics seem to have become nearly ubiquitous.
It is estimated that around 79% of the plastics produced since the 1950s are now in landfills or in our environment. In addition, our ocean now hosts the Great Pacific garbage patch, an oceanic accumulation of plastic twice the size of Texas.
The garbage island is considered the world’s largest zone of ocean plastics and estimated to contain up to 1.8 trillion pieces of debris. Efforts have begun to see some of this plastic trash cleaned up such as the Ocean Cleanup.
Don't you think we should be doing more?