Microplastic particles found in 90 per cent bottled water collected
from 9 countries including the US, China, India
The Hush Post: A study by scientists from a US university has found that more than 90% of bottled water worldwide, including India, contains tiny pieces of plastic.
Eleven brands sold in nine countries, including the US, China, India, Indonesia and Brazil were tested. Samples in India were drawn from 19 locations in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. Top global brands including Aquafina, Bisleri and Evian were tested. A Bisleri sample from Chennai showed over 5,000 microplastic particles per litre, according to data published by the research team of the State University of New York. The researchers tested 259 individual bottles from different locations.
- Polypropylene, used to make plastic bottle caps, was the most common polymeric material (54%) found in the samples while nylon was the second most abundant (16%)
- 93% of bottled water showed some presence of microplastics .Researchers found an average of 10.4 microplastic particles per litre of bottled water, this is twice as much as what was found in a previous study on tap water by the same team.
- Contamination partially coming from the packaging or bottling process itself
Findings indicate presence of carcinogenic substance in the water which can have long-term implications for public health.
Who is responsible for checking bottling units in India
- The Indian Institute of Packaging checks water bottle samples on behalf of
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
What do manufacturing companies say
“ The science of microplastics and microfibres is in its infancy.
— PepsiCo India