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Microplastics in Specialty Salts and Drinking Water

Question:
Is it true that there are bits of plastic in drinking water and specialty salts? How concerned should I be?
Microplastics in water, plastic bottle of water pouring water into glass
Answer:
Due to manufacturing and pollution, it is true that tiny fragments and fibers of plastic, known as microplastics, are being found in foods and beverages such as sea salt, Himalayan salt, tap and bottled waters, and beers. Although it's not yet clear what effects they have on human health, it may be best to try to avoid exposure where possible. See the full answer to find out the concentrations of microplastic fragments in different salts, waters, and types of beer.

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Joann18018   June 11, 2019
How do we get clean, good for you, water? Is there an in home system?


Gregory18015   June 10, 2019
Do water filters like Brita, Pur or the more expensive in-line ones do a good job of filtering out microplastics? I know the pitcher variety don't do much because there's not enough force being provided by gravity to get through a good filter, but the on-tap and in-line filters are much better if you have reasonable water pressure.

ConsumerLab.com   June 12, 2019
Hi Joann and Gregory -- We've now answered your questions here https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/water-filters-for-microplastics/water-filters/.

Joann18029   June 12, 2019
Thank you for your answer. Keep us apprised on how to get clean water.


ConsumerLab.com   June 12, 2019
You're welcome Joann!

Raymond 18012   June 10, 2019
I drink distilled water. If one's reaction is: "No, you're not getting minerals" then you are repeating an old wive's tale, as 1. In order to get sufficient minerals from water, you'd have to drink some 100 gallons/day, and 2. The 'minerals' you're getting in water is dirt/impurities and of no positive health benefit.
The problem is that my distilled water is in plastic bottles. I would be best served by distilling my own.
It makes sense for CL to test distilled water as plastic/synthetics from the underlying water source would be eliminated and the transfer of particles from the plastic bottle itself could be analyzed.

Joann18011   June 10, 2019
What is the best way to get drinking water? There is arsenic in well water, micro plastics in bottled water, and you certainly would not want to drink the water in So. Cal from the tap. I wonder about the filters in our Reverse Osmosis.. Recommend any filtration systems?


MARY JO18276   September 1, 2019
I have a reverse osmosis system. i have it maintained every year. have had it for over 20 years. This confirms what I have always known. i even used the meter on this water that comes out of this thing in my sink. when its time for maintenance i will get "particles of 1 to 6" readout. Get a system, it will cost you about 6000 for a whole house water conditioner and a reverse osmosis system that is put under your kitchen sink, but it is worth it. For what price is your health worth?

jeffrey18009   June 10, 2019
Does using a Pur filter help get rid of these plastics? Thank you

Helen18008   June 10, 2019
It would be useful to know if these microplastics can be filtered out using regular water filers like Brita

ConsumerLab.com   June 12, 2019
Hi Jeffrey and Helen - Please see our CL Answer about water filters and microplastics here:https://www.consumerlab.com/answers/water-filters-for-microplastics/water-filters/.

Ann 18006   June 9, 2019
Is there less plastic in imported beers , generally? Disappointing that Gerolsteiner carbonated water from Germany was found to have a lot; the purity law invoked by German brewers to reassure consumers, is often found on the label of bottled beer.

Stephen18005   June 9, 2019
are you guys going to do a full analysis of some of the popular bottled waters out there or does it vary too much?

ConsumerLab.com   June 12, 2019
Hi Stephen - We are considering testing and evaluating testing methodologies.

esther18085   June 27, 2019
Looking forward to reading the results!

Dawn18004   June 9, 2019
Maldonado Sea Salt?

ConsumerLab.com   June 10, 2019
Hi Dawn - We are not aware of any studies that have analyzed this particular brand of salt for contamination with microplastics.

John18003   June 9, 2019
I wonder whether any of the consumer water filter pitchers — like Pur or Britta — remove any or even some of these microplastics.

Blane18002   June 9, 2019
Will filtering bottle water using something like a charcoal PUR filter remove the microplastics ?

Barbara18001   June 9, 2019
I use Redmond salt. Any comments about this

ConsumerLab.com   June 10, 2019
Hi Barbara - Redmond sea salt is mined in Utah, from an ancient sea bed. The study noted above tested salt from Utah and found it to contain somewhat fewer particles than salts from active seas, although more than found in Hawaiian sea salt and North Sea salt.

Megan17999   June 9, 2019
Does anyone know if water filters help much or at all with microplastics in tap water?

Steven17288   November 5, 2018
I wonder about Celtic Salt, my favorite

Robert17281   November 5, 2018
Just last week I speculated that Himalayan Pink salt would be free from microplastics since it is mined from deposits. The contamination must occur during processing. Perhaps at this point the list of products without plastic is growing very short.

Shawn17282   November 5, 2018
Same here. And equally disappointed.

jeffrey17292   November 7, 2018
This is all too much bad news. Ought to have a special bad new warning sector on this Great site !
Jeff


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This CL Answer initially posted on 11/3/2018. Last updated 6/12/2019.
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