Do you know you might be drinking plastic unknowingly through tap water? Read more on this here!
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 07-Sep-2017
Washington, 7 September: People may be ingesting between 3,000 to 4,000 microparticles of plastic from tap water every year, said a study Wednesday based on samples from 14 countries. Researchers from the University of Minnesota and the State University of New York wrote a report entitled: “Invisibles: The plastic inside us”.
Water is a vital component in every organism’s life on this earth. The researchers from the esteemed university pointed to previous findings that plastic particles can absorb, and release, potentially harmful chemicals and bacteria. From the survey, 159 tape water services were analysed of which "83 percent were found to contain plastic particles.
While much research has focused on plastic pollution of lakes, rivers, the ocean, beaches, even the air we breathe, less attention has been paid to its presence in human consumables, said the team. This was the first study to look at micro-plastics in drinking water, they added. Samples were collected in the first three months of the year in Kampala, Uganda; New Delhi, India; Jakarta, Indonesia; Beirut, Lebanon; Quito, Ecuador; several cities in the United States and in seven European countries.
By far the majority of particles found were fibres ranging from 0.1 to five millimetres (0.004-0.2 inches) in length. The range was from zero to 57 particles per litre of water, with an average of 4.34 particles per litre. "The highest density of plastic per volume of tap water was found in North America and the lowest densities were found, collectively, in seven European countries," wrote the team.
"The results of this study serve... as an initial glimpse at the consequences of human plastic use (and) disposal rather than a comprehensive assessment of global plastic contamination," the research team concluded.