The Agir association carried out a study with the Labocea laboratory. The goal ? Analyze water bottles of various brands. The association was disappointed to find that the best-selling brands in France are affected by the presence of these microorganisms, which are as harmful to health as they are to the environment.
78% of water bottles affected by microplastics
This is the frightening percentage that reveals the association. We are talking about the following brands: Badoit, Cristaline, Carrefour, Evian (50 cl and 1 litre), Vittel (33 cl and 1 litre) and Perrier. The bottle that contains the most microplastics is a bottle… for children. These are the Vittel Kids. For 33 cl, it contains 40 microplastics. Or 121 per litre.
“Labocéa has identified between 1 and 121 plastic microparticles per liter” and has “highlighted four different types of plasticsin total, the association tells us in a press release. Where do the particles come from? “From the bottle, the cork and the bottling process”. When the temperature increases, they proliferate even more: “Subjected to high temperatures and light, these water bottles could release even greater amounts of microplastics.”.
Please note that microplastics are not biodegradable. Therefore, they contaminate all the places where they are found. The oceans, in particular, are greatly affected, with the local fauna and flora.
It is better to drink tap water.
All this does not surprise anyone interested in ecology. In March 2018, US investigators came to a tragic conclusion. 93% of the water analyzed contained microplastics. With, in particular, an average of 10.4 microparticles per liter. That’s twice as much, on average, as in tap water.
Thanks to this study published under the name “We drink plastic”, we can say that the results of the Americans are confirmed. Seven of the nine bottles contain microplastics of four different types: polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), polyurethane (PU) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the most used for single-use plastic bottles.
But where does this contamination come from? Probably due to the degradation of the bottle (with heat, for example). In any case, this is the most likely hypothesis raised. But then, we can ask a legitimate question. What are the health risks? There are very few studies to date on the impact of microplastics on our body.
On the other hand, we know that they enter our body, by ingestion or inhalation. They can then end up in the liver, kidneys, lungs, and even the blood.. In addition, the bottles are designed with plastics that contain toxic additives such as plasticizers, dyes… The risks may be unknown, it is essential to limit this intake. So go for tap water, for you and your child.
The French are big fans of bottled water.
This study is all the more important as France is a major consumer of bottled water. Although France has access to drinking water everywhere, the country is the sixth largest consumer of bottled water in Europe. Italy is in the lead, ahead of Germany, Portugal, Hungary and Spain. This is the result of a study carried out by the European Union of bottled waters.
There are no 36 solutions to stop ingesting so many microplastics. We are lucky to live in a country where people can choose between tap water and bottled water. You could also choose the first option instead of the second. Buy a bottle of water and fill it up as soon as you find a tap. Remember, there are twice as many microplastics in tap water.
The results of this study show once again the harmful impact of man on earth. Because if microplastics are harmful to us, they are also harmful to fauna and flora. This is another example of the disastrous consequences of human activity on the planet.
So for your health, as well as for the health of the planet, avoid consuming bottled water from now on.
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