The World Health Organization has announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water. A new study has found that some 90% of the most popular water brands have been found to have tiny pieces of plastic. A prior study found there to be high levels of plastic in tap water.
The most common type of plastic fragments found was polypropylene…the same plastic used to make bottle caps. bottles analysed were bought in the USA, China, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico,Lebanon,Kenya, and Thailand.
The WHO spokesperson said there is no evidence of an impact on human health, but notes it is an area of concern. Further study will be required to inform a more thorough risk assessment.
By themselves the microplastics found in the bottled water may not amount too much but consider that plastics are building up in marine animals, which means we are being exposed, some of us every day. Microplastics in the water, toxic chemicals in the plastics, and plastics in the fish on our plates.