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Beata Becla

The Taste of Plastic

March 26, 2018

According to a study performed by scientists at the State University of New York in Fredonia, and commissioned by Orb Media, has found there are microplastics, tiny bits of plastic crap about as small as 2.5 microns across, in 90 percent of the bottled water they have tested from the U.S. About 83 percent of bottled water from around the world was also found to contain the plastic fibers. Naturally, the issue has captured the interest of the World Health Organization.

• Analysis of 259 bottles from 19 locations in nine countries across 11 different brands found an average of 325 plastic particles per liter of water.
• Of the 259 bottles tested, only 17 were free of plastics.
• In one bottle of Nestlé Pure Life, concentrations were as high as 10,000 plastic pieces per liter of water.

Nestlé is a big name in water bottle production. They’re the company pulling water out of the ground in Michigan and bottling the Ice Mountain and Pure Life brands. That’s water in common owned by all Michiganders and Nestlé has pumped billions of gallons of it out of the ground, and paid the state a few thousand dollars in fees for the privilege. It is piped and trucked to the company’s facility in Mecosta County, where it has been bottled and sold under the Ice Mountain and Pure Life brands for the last 15 years.

Much of this bottled water has gone, with the best of intentions, to Flint, where residents were poisoned by the cost-cutting actions of the governor’s emergency managers. As this most recent research now makes clear, those people in Flint, who’ve resorted to the use of bottled water as a replacement for toxic tap water, now may realize they’ve faced another risk: ingesting millions of tiny pieces of polypropylene — the kind of plastic used to make bottle caps.

A UK-based company, Canowater was established in 2015 with the aim of creating a “sustainable alternative to single-use plastic bottles”. It instead packages drinking water inside aluminum cans. Each can also feature a resealable lid, so it can be kept in a bag just like a water bottle. According to Canowater, the aluminum protects the water from elements that may make it unsafe to drink.

This could be a safer alternative to plastic water bottles, but most people are so used to having convenient plastic water bottles they can just throw away and not have to worry about.

Now, if you’re a decent human being, you might be asking yourself what you can do to cut down on plastics or at least help this cause. The answer is to recycle. Recycling would help cut down on pollution and all of the litter everywhere.

While many plastics are now recyclable, Waste Management companies in Tampa encourages recyclers to avoid plastics and all another packaging as much as possible. Over the past 45 years, single-use packaging, especially plastic packaging, has increased by more than 10,000%. Simply recycling these products does not negate the environmental damage done when the resource is extracted or when the product is manufactured.

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