Recently, a CBC report on Canadian products shed some light on the bottled water. It appears that some brands of bottled water in Canada also deliver microplastics in the water.
With last month’s study on microplastics occurrence in 93% of bottled water, it makes us wonder if it’s healthy to drink bottled water or not. The reports didn’t say if consuming microplastics will pose a risk to our health, but it definitely is not good news!
The study was led by the non-profit journalism organization Orb Media, who bought about 259 bottles of water from 9 countries (Canada was not among them).
Out of the brands, there were North American and Asian brands (Nestle Pure Life, San Pellegrino and Evian). From all the bottles, 93% of them contained microplastics: polypropylene, polystyrene, nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
Canada Studied Their Water Bottles Too
As a follow-up, CBC Marketplace and researchers at McGill University took samples from bottled water too – Aquafina, Dasani, Eska, Naya, Nestle Pure Life.
Each of these brands contained microplastics, even glass bottles of Eska water had a low level of plastic product.
Microplastics must be smaller than 5 millimeters to be considered ‘micro’. Unfortunately, due to their small size, they can evade water filtration systems.
Trillions of Pieces of Microplastic In the Ocean and In the Polar Ice
We already know plastic in water threatens aquatic life, with more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic swirling in our oceans. Out of all the plastic found in the ocean, a great majority is from discarded fishing nets, but there are also plastic bags, toys, and bottles too. Small pieces of plastic get eaten by fish and then travels up the food chain, meaning that we could eventually eat plastic too.
And that’s not all of the plastic, considering that the studies only measure the plastic floating and not the one that has ended on the seabed!
The Arctic Ice is also filled with trillions of pieces of microplastics, according to a study made in 2014. And with the global temperatures getting warmer, the debris will start invading oceans:
“Our findings indicate that microplastics have accumulated far from population centers and that polar sea ice represents a major historic global sink of man-made particulates.”
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.