Bottled Water and Nanoplastics: A Concerning Discovery

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN

Updated 8:32 PM EST, Mon January 8, 2024

Recent research highlighted in a CNN article by Sandee LaMotte has brought to light a concerning fact about bottled water – it contains far more nanoplastic particles than previously estimated. These nanoparticles are incredibly tiny, with some being a thousandth the width of a human hair, making them small enough to penetrate the body’s cells. In the study, researchers found that a liter of bottled water could contain an average of 240,000 plastic particles, with about 90% being nanoplastics.

The health implications of these findings are significant. Nanoplastics can migrate through tissues into the bloodstream, distributing potentially harmful synthetic chemicals throughout the body. These chemicals can disrupt bodily functions and pose risks to major organs and even developing fetuses. The study, which examined three popular U.S. bottled water brands (not disclosed in the report), used advanced technology to analyze the nanoparticles. This breakthrough in research methodology has opened doors to further study the potential health risks of these particles.

In response to these findings, experts are urging the public to opt for tap water in glass or stainless steel containers to reduce exposure to these harmful particles. This advice is not limited to water; it extends to other foods and beverages packaged in plastic. The International Bottled Water Association has called for more research and standardization in the measurement of nanoplastics, emphasizing the need for a scientific consensus on the health impacts.

Looking ahead, there’s a need for more research to fully understand the origins of these nanoplastics and their complete impact on human health. Meanwhile, individuals can take preventive measures by reducing their use of plastic containers and choosing natural materials for clothing and other consumer products. This revelation about the prevalence of nanoplastics in bottled water serves as a reminder of the pervasive nature of plastic pollution and its potential impact on our health.

CNN Link to full article

About the Author

By Published On: January 16th, 2024