This spring, a raft of articles surrounding World Water Day addressed three new studies on the growing issues of microplastics in bottled water and plastic pollution in our oceans.
The first study, conducted by the State University of New York in Fredonia as part of a project from the U.S.-based journalism organization Orb Media, found tiny pieces of plastic in more than 90% of samples from the world’s most popular water brands bottled in plastic. The study included 259 bottles of water from 11 brands across nine countries. Of all of the bottles tested, only 17 were found to be free of plastic. On average, each liter sold contained 325 pieces of microplastic, including polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate.