Nanoplastic Particles Have Been Found in Bottled Water
Posted on 18th January 2024 at 12:57
Bottled water – it's a popular option when it comes to staying hydrated. Whether it’s marketed as mineral, spring, alkaline, etc., it is convenient, readily available and usually much more palatable than tap.
Also, unlike normal, untreated, tap water, we all know (at least we thought we did) what’s in bottle water – it comes with a list of ingredients, after all! Not only are people reaching for it when they’re out on the go either, for a lot of people it has become an alternative to tap water for home use, as for many people really don’t enjoy drinking tap water.
But none of this can change the fact that bottled water is catastrophic for the environment. Single use plastics is a major environmental topic – in the UK alone, we use over 7 billion plastic bottles a year (and that’s just for water – we also use a lot of plastic for things like milk and soap products!)
Nanoplastics in bottled water
These plastic bottles could well pose more than just an environmental concern, but potentially a significant health concern as well!
Recent research has found that there can be an average of almost 250,000 nanoplastic particles in a 1L bottle of water. We’ve all heard the term “microplastics”, but there is a distinction between these and even smaller plastic particles. Microplastics are considered to be under 0.5mm in diameter, whereas nanoplastics measure in at 100 nanometers or less (for context, a nanometer is 0.000001mm). This isn’t something that is all that surprising – in the case of bottled water, it has long been suspected that there were plastic particles present in the water itself, but this seems to be another one of those cases where the science is starting to confirm what was already suspected! This could also well be the case when it comes to the chemicals associated with micro- and nanoplastics.
We have blogged about microplastics in the past and due to the rapid and seemingly exponential growth in plastic consumption and, therefore, plastic waste, there is a great deal of plastic pollution and microplastic pollution throughout the environment. There has also been research (we blogged about this too) that has demonstrated that harmful ‘forever chemicals’ can leach from microplastics into water.
These include EDCs (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals), which are disruptive to the Endocrine System, (a network of glands and organs that use hormones to regulate various functions and processes of the human body).
Don’t buy the bottled stuff – let The PWP treat your water for you!
With the environmental and potential health implications posed by bottled water, it’s much better to treat your water at home. At The Pure Water People, we truly take the wprry out of water.
When we treat drinking water, we don’t just use basic filtration. Our systems use sophistication filtration methods that can polish, purify and remineralise your tap water, providing you with great tasting, healthy and clean drinking water, straight from your kitchen tap.
It’s time to ditch those plastic bottles and dip your toe (pun absolutely intended) into the wonderful world of Pure Water.
Tagged as: bottled water, chemicals, disrupting, EDCs, endocrine, filtration, forever chemicals, microplastics, nanoplastics, PFAS, plastic pollution, purification, reverse osmosis, ro, water softener
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