Microplastics found in some Canadian bottled water

They’re in the air, soil and Arctic ice. There’s even a massive soupy patch three times the size of France strewn across the Pacific Ocean.

Microplastics have been found in almost every environment on the planet, and according to a Marketplace investigation, they are also in Canada’s leading bottled water brands.

Researchers at McGill University tested a sampling of Aquafina, Dasani, Eska, Naya and Nestle Pure Life brands, which, according to Euromonitor International, had combined Canadian sales of more than $1 billion in water last year.

The companies market their products with labels and promotions that suggest purity, but microplastics were found in each brand, even in glass bottles of Eska water — albeit at lower levels than its plastic counterpart.

“The fact that we have plastic in a bottle of water that is glass suggests that the plastic is not just coming from … the bottle itself or the [bottle] cap,” said Nathalie Tufenkji, who led the research at McGill’s Biocolloids and Surfaces Laboratory.

“It could be coming from the environment where you’re having the bottling process take place.”

Tufenkji’s team tested bottled water purchased in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Thirty of the 50 bottles tested had microplastics.

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