Study Finds Microplastics in 93 Percent of Bottled Water


Bottled drinking water spread widely in the market turns out to contain microplastic. The findings are revealed in the results of a global study of the State University of New York at Fredonia supported by Orb Media, a non-profit media organization in the United States.

Researchers at the State University of New York at Fredonia tested 259 bottles of drinking water from 11 brands sold in eight countries. As a result, 93 percent of the bottled water that became an example turned out to contain microplastic.

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Samples are also taken from Indonesia due to being one of the countries with large share of bottled drinking water. A total of 30 Aqua bottles purchased in Jakarta, Bali and Medan were flown to New York in November 2017 for testing by a team from the University of New York at Fredonia. The team was led by Sherri A. Mason, Victoria Welch, and Joseph Nerako.

There are sample Distribution in different Countries and the results are astonishing. Each bottle being an average sample contains 382 microplastic particles per liter. The size varies, ranging from 6.5 micrometers or equivalent red blood cells, up to more than 100 micrometers or the equivalent of the diameter of a human hair.

The bottle from Indonesia also has the highest content in 1 Aqua sample reached 4,713 microplastic particles per liter. As for globally, this particle content is most abundant in Nestle Pure Life bottled water with a total of 10,390 microplastic particles per liter.

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