With poisons like fluoride in the water, it is easy to understand why so many thirsty people turn to bottled water which, it was thought, is the healthier choice. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes, the bottler stretches the truth, and mere tap water is still being consumed. Other times, as Yahoo News reports today, the “world’s leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process.”
“Widespread contamination” was found by microplastic researcher Sherri Mason of the State University of New York at Fredonia, and the results are published in a new study. This has been confirmed by the non-profit Orb Media. Mason also added that “Tap water, by and large, is much safer than bottled water,” which comes as a shock to many.
There were 250 bottles examined in “Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand and the United States.” The findings were quite unsettling, to say the very least.
Plastic was found in almost all of the samples, coming in at 93%. This could easily be negated by using glass instead, and since chemicals in plastic such as BPA can actually change the sexual preference in men, this is just one more good reason to consider such moves.
Making matters even more worrisome for consumers, all of the big names in bottled water were found to have this problem. “Aqua, Aquafina, Dasani, Evian, Nestle Pure Life, and San Pellegrino” all showed plastic contamination at strikingly high levels. So did “Bisleri, Epura, Gerolsteiner, Minalba, and Wahaha” brands.
The debris found tuned out to be “nylon, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene.” Once ingested, the problems that arise can be life-altering, according to many studies. Much of this stems from the making of bottle caps, which should also be made of non-plastics, as they were for many years.
“In this study, 65 percent of the particles we found were actually fragments and not fibers,” said Mason. “I think that most of the plastic that we are seeing is coming from the bottle itself. It is coming from the cap. It is coming from the industrial process of bottling the water.”
Isn’t it quite strange that the government looms over a kid smoking a joint yet they do nothing when children are really be harmed by something far deadlier?
As for how many particles were found, “zero to more than 10,000 likely plastic particles in a single bottle,” the researcher admitted. Yahoo also informs that “particles in the 100 micron (0.10 millimeter) size range — considered ‘microplastics‘” were found at an average recorded as “10.4 plastic particles per liter.” At this rate, it seems like people are swallowing plastic as if it were a snack food!
Worse still, VERY tiny bits of debris “averaging about 325 per liter,” was also revealed.
Mason warned, “There are connections to increases in certain kinds of cancer to lower sperm count to increases in conditions like ADHD and autism. We know that they are connected to these synthetic chemicals in the environment and we know that plastics are providing kind of a means to get those chemicals into our bodies.”
This all takes place because far too many companies want to pretend that things like glass don’t exist, often for the sake of the bottom line, which many companies care a lot more about than health of the people who buy their poisons.
“We have been involved with independently reviewing the findings and methodology to ensure the study is robust and credible,” promised lead researcher Andrew Mayes. Therefore, the data collected is factual and needs to be acted upon.
“We know plastics are building up in marine animals, and this means we too are being exposed, some of us, every day,” proclaimed Jacqueline Savitz, chief policy officer for North America at Oceana. “It’s more urgent now than ever before to make plastic water bottles a thing of the past.”
When it comes to the issue of banning plastic, too many dolts like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio want to limit how it can be used to carry things, which is what plastic is best suited for! Meanwhile, its use in the food and beverage industry gets almost no attention from leaders, even as the toxic chemicals and debris fill our bottles.
Clearly, there is a disconnect here and if it is not solved rapidly, the health of everyone will continue to suffer as a result.