Tiny bits of plastic found in nearly all branded water bottles

15 March 2018, 10:15 | Updated: 15 March 2018, 15:16

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An official review has been launched after scientists discovered that nearly every single branded water bottle contains tiny bits of plastic inside.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) will assess research undertaken by the State University of New York, which found that there were usually 10 plastic particles per litre of bottled water.

How big is a plastic particle you ask? Apparently, larger than the width of a human hair.

The tests were carried out in over 250 bottles from nine countries, and that plastic was found “in bottle after bottle and brand after brand”.

Thankfully, there is currently no evidence that drinking these small plastic particles will harm you. But the findings come while there is a growing international concern over the amount of plastic pollution around the world.

Around 480 BILLION plastic bottles were sold globally in 2016, which is a million bottles per minute, or 20,000 per second.

Sherri Mason, a professor of chemistry at the New York university, said the results were “not catastrophic”. She added: "We found [plastic] in bottle after bottle and brand after brand.

"It's not about pointing fingers at particular brands; it's really showing that this is everywhere, that plastic has become such a pervasive material in our society, and it’s pervading water - all of these products that we consume at a very basic level."