Micro-plastic is pretty much what it sounds like: very very tiny particles of plastic.
Un-fun Fact: Plastic is not biodegradable - once plastic is made, it’s here forever.
Plastic slowly breaks down into smaller and smaller bits of plastic until it becomes so small it’s microscopic. This is micro-plastic. Some science experts are concerned plastic fibers may get so small, that they will be able to pass through our intestinal walls.
I’m no expert, but that can’t be good.
Scientists can’t pinpoint for sure how Micro-Plastic is getting into bottled water. The current theory is that Micro-Plastic found in water bottles is getting into the water during the packaging and bottling process itself.
The same plastic used to make the water bottle caps were found in the water - these include polyethylene terephthalate (PET), nylon and polypropylene.
Currently there are not enough studies for scientists to say what the impact of micro-plastic will be on our health. Until recently most studies on micro-plastic contamination have focused on our oceans and the possible effect micro-plastic has on our food-chain.
These studies have shown micro-plastic can absorb toxic chemicals associated with cancer and other illnesses. When micro-plastic is consumed by animals these same toxins are released.
My personal hunch: consuming micro-plastic is not good for our health.
Good question! One easy and healthy solution is to filter your tap water at home. Maybe instead of buying plastic water bottles, use a refillable water bottle made from stainless steel or glass!