NEW YORK (WABC) — A recent study revealed that bottled water sold in stores may contain 10 to 100 times more tiny plastic particles than previously thought.
The study, conducted by researchers from Columbia University and Rutgers University, found the average liter-sized plastic bottle of water contains nearly 240,000 invisible pieces called nanoplastics.
The nanoplastics were detected and categorized for the first time by a laser guided microscope.
Scientists have long assumed tiny particles of plastic leach off the bottle into these drinks, but this latest research revealed exactly much and what kind.
Dr. Phoebe Stapleton, a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Rutgers University and co-author of the new study, spoke to Eyewitness News reporter Josh Einiger on Extra Time about this new discovery means.