Microplastic is everywhere – even in mineral water

The results of a new, global microplastic study have a certain irony: bottled drinking water is often contaminated – possibly by the bottles themselves.

In advertising, bottled water is touted as a pure, healthy product. Consumers seem to like that. The sales figures speak a clear language: globally, the industry realizes almost 119 billion euros per year (147 billion US dollars). These figures could cloud a new study published by Orb Media with Deutsche Welle. Products from eleven manufacturers purchased at 17 locations in eight countries were investigated. Impurities were detected in 93 percent of the samples – sometimes in very different quantities.

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