240,000 tiny plastic bits can be in a water bottle. Concerned? Do this

A liter of bottled water can contain 240,000 pieces of plastic on average, some of which are so tiny they can enter the bloodstream, individual cells, and organs including the heart and brain

These tiny bits of broken-down plastic, known as micro and nano plastics, have been found in oceans, atop the summit of Mount Everest, and in the bloodstream of humans in recent years.

Microplastics range in size from five millimeters to one micrometer, which is one-millionth of a meter. For reference, a human hair is about 70 micrometers across.

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Nanoplastics are even smaller, measuring less than one micrometer. They are measured in nanometers or billionths of a meter.

The researchers tested three popular brands of bottled water sold in the US, which they decided not to name, analyzing plastic particles down to 100 nanometers in size.

They found between 110,000 to 370,000 plastic particles in each liter, and 240,000 on average. 90% were nanoplastics, while the rest were microplastics.

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