Plastic fibres found in tap water, study confirms

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Plastic fibres found in tap water, study confirms

September 06, 2017 - 19:05
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The Guardian has reported today that microplastic contamination has been found in tap water.

Photo of microplastics sperules, each about 30 µm in diameter

The study was conducted by Orb Media, who shared the data with The Guardian newspaper. Tap water samples were taken from over 12 nations across the globe for analysis. It was found that 83 percent of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres. Orb Media tested 18 sites in seven European countries. About 72 percent (13 countries) had plastic fibres in their tap water.

We knew that this plastic is coming back to us through our food chain. Now we see it is coming back to us through our drinking water.
— Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Studies have also revealed microplastic fibres and fragments in beer, honey, sugar and air. Further details are available in The Guardian.

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