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    Are you aware of the presence of microplastics in bottled water?

    According to research carried out by the scientists based at the State University of New York in Fredonia, more than 90% of the popular brands of bottled water contained tiny pieces of plastic. Also, compared to the tap water, the bottled water contained roughly twice as many plastic particles. The most common type of plastic particles found was polypropylene which is generally used to make bottle caps.

    The bottles analysed were purchased in nine countries including India, the other countries being the US, China, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Lebanon, Kenya and Thailand.

    Luckily, there is no evidence as yet about the harmful effect of microplastics on human body but the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water.

    Are you aware about the presence of microplastics in bottled water?
  • #629883
    It is true that there is a presence of microplastics in bottled water. These days the use of plastic items are increasing and it is not at all advisable. Taking hot tea or hot coffee or hot water in a plastic container more hazardous than taking ordinary water.
    Of course, so far no harmful effects of microplastic is established but it is not advisable to use plastic containers for storing purpose.

    drrao
    always confident

  • #629890
    Unfortunately we have the compulsions to use bottled water as the water scarcity in many cities are bound to occur every summer, and the bottled water are the only source to quench the thirst. So far no one would have given a thought that the bottled water would contain micro plastics in the sediment. In fact the shop owner stocks the bottled water for many days and even bacterial formation is also possible. And if you are not washing the bottle after every use or emptying it, there are even chances of fungus formation. Nevertheless one must be alert in using bottled water which has more disadvantage.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #629897
    Today's 'The Times of India' reports this news.As per that news, 90 percent of bottled water contain plastic. It is based on a research result from the State In University of New York. Researchers tested 259 bottles across 11 brands sold in 9 countries including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and the US. Samples from India were collected from 19 locations in Mumbai, Dehi and Chennai. Top global brands including Aquarian, Evian as well as the Indian brand Bisleri were in the selected samples.
    A Bisleri sample from Chennai showed over 5000 microplastic particles per litre.
    This issue had been raised earlier based on a study by BARC in 2015. Polypropylene, used to make plastic bottle caps, was the most common polymeric material (54 percent) found in the samples while nylon was the second most abundant (16 percent).

    T.M.Sankaran
    Gold Member ISC

  • #629938
    Microplastics are less than 5mm particles of plastics, it has adverse effects on animals including cumulative build up, is known to be passed along the food chain in animals. Humans are at the yet of the food chain( if fish is in the middle). So, what is yet to be proven is are these harmful to humans? Common logic would be that if plastics are not good for humans, so would microplastics, only with a lesser impact.

    What an irony? Man dumps plastic waste all around the world, lands, mountains, and seas (Great Pacific Garbage Patch). Domestic animals, scavengers, cows, large fishes in the ocean all consume plastic because of man's insensitivity towards Mother Nature. No, man is drinking or has to drink of all things, 'water' with plastics in it. It's almost as if our deeds and misdeeds are being paid back.

    There would be many such consumables (solid and liquid) with various contaminants. Do we have an alternative to water? We have to go back to glass or high-grade plastic both of which are logistically expensive. If not, we have to switch to metal water bottles like we do for kids? Then the ripple effect will be who will support the plastic bottling industry? jobs? etc.

  • #629945
    Drinking water from plastic bottles is harmful. We should use copper bottle or steel bottles. Using copper bottle has many benefits such as gas problem will not be there. We will have clear motion. So many disease caused by the use of plastic bottles will be away.
    The greatest wealth in this world is mental peace and good health.

  • #629947
    I have read this news yesterday, I could not understand how they use ISI mark on the bottle. It is really a serious problem and government must take some steps to prevent such type of exploitation against the customers. I have observed that most of the people prefer this bottled water against our well, tap and other water. Most of the tourist also prefer this bottled water.
    Honesty is the best policy.

  • #629960
    #629945 - It is impractical to sell bottled water in copper or steel bottles.
    Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.

  • #629978
    We need to change our life - style. Before such practices became functional in the early of 50's, the people were accustomed to use their own bottles made up of either Copper or steel vessels. Tap - water was abundant in the Railway - plateform and in the event of shortage of drinking - water, they did not hesitate in filling their vessels with such water.
    They have not had any health - issues in those days but gradually our life style changed and we witnessed an era of plenty of availability of plastic - bottles containing Spring - water as the manufactures claim. A lot of branded players have been active in the market but then we can see a different episode. The used bottles are collected and finally filled with contaminated waters in order to get hefty commission from some elements.
    The research exposes many drawbacks prevailing in such systems such as the water contained in bottles are laced with harmful Bacterias responsible for gastrointestinal disorder apart from suspension of tiny plastic particles. In Maharastra - region, as the Times of India of March 16 claimed contained a little concentration of cynide - a deadly poison enough to make consumers deadly ill.
    Such business would go unchecked unless a drastic measure is taken by the concerned authorities to book the culprits.


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