Are you drinking plastic with your water?

A recent study conducted by the independent Orb Media non-profit journalism organization found that over 90% of all disposable plastic bottled water around the world is contaminated with plastic fibers and microplastic particles.* Ninety percent. Nine out of ten bottled water customers are drinking plastic with their water.

This plastic takes multiple forms, from thin plastic fibers akin to human hairs, to smaller plastic fragments, to incredibly tiny microplastic particles. According to the research, this plastic comes from the bottling process itself, and as the water has already passed through any filtration or purification process prior to bottling, these plastic particles cannot be filtered out. So you can have the cleanest, purest water possible prior to the bottling process, but by the time it is sealed in the bottle, there is a 90% chance that it is contaminated with plastic.

So what does this mean for the average bottled water drinker? BPA (bisphenol-A) and phthalates (e.g., diethyl hexyl phthalate, or DEHP) are common components in many plastics. Both are known endocrine disrupters that can interfere with normal hormonal function, and both would be especially harmful to pregnant women and young children. But the problem with the issue of plastic ingestion is that there are simply not enough long-term studies to determine their specific effects on human health.

This would classify microplastics and other plastic particles in water as “Incidental Contaminants,” in that they are known contaminants with a growing public concern, but as of yet their effects are not definitively understood at the moment. In other words, 90% of plastic bottled water drinkers are now human guinea pigs.

Think about this: when people volunteer to undergo human trials for new drugs, treatments, or procedures, they sign waivers indicating their understanding that they are voluntarily being experimented upon, sometimes with compensation involved. But with plastic bottled water, 90% of its consumers are unknowingly, involuntarily allowing themselves to be part of a plastic particle experiment. And what’s worse, they are paying – at not insignificant expense, because bottled water is costly in the long run – for the opportunity to be guinea pigs!

Research in September 2017 already discovered that 83% of the world’s tap water – and 94% of US tap water – contained plastic fibers.** Now we know that bottled water is no solution to this problem. Luckily, we already do know the solution to this problem: a Multipure drinking water system, like the Aqualuxe, Aquaversa, or Aquadome, NSF-certified to treat emerging compounds and incidental contaminants under NSF Standard 401.

You have the power to solve this problem. Do not let your family, your friends, or your customers become human guinea pigs. Do not let them be test subjects on exposure to plastic particles in drinking water. Make sure they – and everyone else you know – get the best protection for this vital resource. Make sure everyone you know gets cleaner, healthier water through Multipure. Because you can Make a Difference.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Kenton Jones, Vice President of Marketing




*Tyree, Christopher, and Dan Morrison. ‘Plus Plastic: Microplastics Found In Global Bottled Water’, 2018.

**Lui, Kevin. “Plastic Fibers Are Found in 83% of the World’s Tap Water, a New Study Reveals”, 2017.