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Major bottled water brands may contain plastic particles, new research shows

Major bottled water brands may contain plastic particles, new research shows

Findings of a new study have found that numerous world's most popular brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny pieces of plastic.

The study did not focus on the human health impact, but rather on learning how much plastic could be found in bottled water.

Researchers found, on average, about 10 larger plastic particles (wider than the width of a hair) in every liter of bottled water.

Ninety-three percent of the bottles showed "some sign" of microplastic contamination, with an average of 10 plastic particles per liter of water larger than.1 millimeter and an average of 325 plastic particles per liter of tinier pieces.

"The public are obviously going to be concerned about whether this is going to make them sick in the short term and the long term", Bruce Gordon, coordinator of the WHO's global work on water and sanitation, told BBC News. The data from the report states that the contamination is at least partially coming from the packaging or the bottling process itself. Water in glass bottles was also found to contain microplastic.

Microplastics are well known water contaminants, and the teeny tiny particles come from cosmetics to clothing to consumer products made of plastic that naturally break down.

Two brands - Nestle and Gerolsteiner - confirmed their own testing showed their water contained microplastics, albeit at much lower levels than what Orb Media is reporting.

Plastic was identified in 93% of the samples, including some major brands.

The result of this eye-opening research was published simultaneously in 12 worldwide news media on Thursday, March 15, and Tempo was one of the ones included, and the only Indonesian media granted the access to publish the research as an exclusive piece. For the study, sample lots were procured with an eye to geographic diversity, size of the national packaged drinking water market (China, USA, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico), and high per captia consumption of packaged drinking water (Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand, USA).

The study found that the polymers found in the water (54%) matched the make of common plastic used to make the cap of the water bottles.

Sherri Mason, a chemistry professor at State University of NY in Fredonia, told BBC, that the idea behind the project was not to target certain brands.

While the study has not been peer-reviewed, University of East Anglia chemistry lecturer Andrew Mayes, who developed the Nile Red method, said the findings were substantial.

Nestle and Gerolsteiner have responded to the results of the study.

"We still can not understand how the study reached the conclusions it did", Gerolsteiner said.

Daily Mail Australia contacted Evian for comment. They are having a profound effect on the environment.

On the list to test were Aquafina, Arrowhead, Boxed Water, Crystal Geyser, Dasani, Deer Park, Eternal Water, Evian, Fiji, Glaceau Smart, Ice Mountain, Icelandic Glacial, Ozarka, Penta, Poland Spring, Texas Spring Water, Trader Joe's Mountain Spring, True Zealand and Zephyrhills.