We drink bottled water because we believe it to be pure and uncontaminated drinking water. As tap water is not fit for drinking in most parts of India, we buy bottled water whenever we are out of home.
Shocking revelations from research on bottled water
As part of a recent study, the State University of New York and non-profit journalism organisation Orb Media tested 259 water bottles from 11 brands sold across 9 countries, including the US, and found an average of 10.4 plastic particles per liter of water. This is double the amount of contamination found in tap water. It also found that 93% of the bottled water tested contained microplastic contamination.
Most of the bottled water tested were from well known like Aquafina, Dasani, Nestle Pure Life, San Pellegrino, etc.
Concern among UN, Environmental agencies and Health campaigners
Following a publication about it in Daily Mail, where Fish fillet samples from eight stores were tested and all revealed worrying levels of plastic exposure, The United Nations (UN), Environment Secretary, MPs, and health campaigners, have all called for action against the microplastics in water, in the air, which is contaminating the food we eat and the air we breathe.
Scientists said that there is evidence that microplastics are everywhere and in everything. Plastic is present in the food we eat and drink. Dr Andrew Mayes, of the University of East Anglia, said that everything we eat, drink, and touch is contaminated with microplastics. He has helped devise a study for the WHO which discovered microplastics in bottled water.
The damaging effects of plastic on our bodies
Scientists warn that plastic can affect our lungs, kidneys and hormones. They can move from the intestines to a mother-to-be’s placenta. Research has linked synthetic chemicals present in plastic to some forms of cancer, lower sperm count, increases in conditions like ADHD and autism.
The world has become so dependant on plastic that giving it up completely in one-go would not be easy. We advise you to use glass bottles and stainless steel containers in lieu of plastic and daily cut down the consumption of plastic in your life.
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