90% of bottled water contains microplastics, according to a new study

There is no evidence that consuming such small particles of plastic has any ill health effects

A research conducted by The State University of NY at Fredonia says that the one who consumes a litre of bottled water per day might be consuming 10,000 of microplastic particles each year.

A new study conducted by Orb Media and researchers at the State University of NY at Fredonia has found that a whopping 93% of bottled water contains microplastics.

Experts used a red dye called Nile Red which absorbs to the surface of plastics, making them easier to see under infrared light.

"Some of the bottles we tested contained so many particles that we asked a former astrophysicist to use his experience counting stars in the heavens to help us tally these fluorescing constellations", said a statement from Orb Media. The analysis was performed by Professor of Chemistry Sherri Mason and her team at her lab at the State University of NY.

How ingesting plastics affects humans is still not 100 percent certain as this is an emergent field of study, according to the National Institutes of Health. Brands tested include Aquafina, Aqua, Bisleri, Dasani, Epura, Evian, Nestlé, Gerolsteiner, Minalba, Wahaha, and San Pellegrino. The bottles were sourced from countries including Mexico, India, Germany and Brazil.

Last year, an Orb Media investigation revealed the presence of microscopic plastic fibers in global tap water samples.

They were in lower quantities than found now in bottled water, making tap water the safer option.

Orb Media, a nonprofit journalism organization, explained that plastic waste does not biodegrade, but instead breaks down into smaller pieces. The site said many responded by defending their brand, questioning the study's methodology and affirming that there were no regulations on microplastics in bottled water.

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Microplastics are well known water contaminants, and the teeny tiny particles come from cosmetics to clothing to consumer products made of plastic that naturally break down.

By contrast, a previous analysis of tap water found that it only has about five pieces of plastic per litre, said Sherri Mason, the lead researcher of the bottled water study and the chair of the geology and environmental sciences department at SUNY Fredonia.

Around 480 billion plastic bottles were sold globally in 2016 - that's a million bottles per minute.

A sample of Bisleri bottled water from Chennai showed over 5,000 microplastic particles per litre.

"These are foreign hard particles which our body will obviously want to get rid of but it can't because plastic is not degradable so that will cause harm to the local tissue". It was followed by nylon (16 percent) and polystyrene (11 percent).

The process was praised by government consultants as being "well conducted" research.

For Dr Stephanie Wright of the King's College Centre for Environment and Health, the priority is to understand how much microplastic we are exposed to, and exactly what happens to it inside us.

Daily Mail Australia contacted Evian for comment.

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