Plastics have leached into almost every part of our environment, especially our water. A recent study found that plastic particles are even present in bottled water. In fact, these particles were found in even higher amounts than tap water that was tested in previous studies.
These bottles had an average of 325 plastic particles per liter and only 17 of the bottles didn't have plastics. These plastics can enter water at the original site, in the factory, or from the water bottle itself.
Of 259 bottles tested, 90% had microplastics. This is extremely concerning because on top of the high expectations for bottled water, plastics can be harmful to one's health. In this study polypropylene was the most commonly found plastic even though it is often considered safe due to its heat resistant qualities which keep it from getting into products. However, common plastics such as BPA and phthalates can be harmful as they are known endocrine disruptors. This means they disrupt our hormone systems because of their abilities to mimic hormones.
So, you may be wondering what you should do as there is controversy over tap water vs bottled water. You can often find full water reports of your bottled water and can use EWG’s Tap Water Database to find out how safe your local tap water is. By doing this you can see what water filter might work best for you. Additionally, even switching from a plastic water bottle to a glass or stainless steel bottle can be beneficial to your health in the long run.
By Sara Frawley