It’s hard to imagine bottles of water being bad for you in any way, considering how many benefits it has for the body. However, there is probably some microplastic floating around in your bottled water.
A report tested 259 bottles or water from companies like Aquafina, Dasani, and Evian and found that 242 bottles (93%0 contained plastic inside. Microplastic has been found in the ocean and in the food chain. Fish tend to consume the particles and predators who eat them excrete the plastic.
Microplastics are defined as “small plastic particles in the environment. While there is some contention over their size, the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration classifies microplastics as less than 5 mm in diameter. They come from a variety of sources, including cosmetics, clothing, and industrial processes.”
Negative side effects on humans haven’t been seen yet but some research suggests it triggers an immune response that could become more frequent with added exposure. More research needs to be conducted, though, before we know for sure what it could do to us. Limited studies have shown humans pass 90% of it.
The World Health Organization responded to the study with the intention to fully investigate microplastic risks.