A new study claims that all the world’s tap water is contaminated by microscopic plastic fibers causing concerns about the implications of rampant plastic pollution on health of humans and the planet.
Around 83% of samples of tap water are collected from around the world and are tested positive for micro plastics. According to a study performed by Orb, the data journalism outlet. The specific rate of plastic fibres in different areas were different. USA had the highest rate of plastic fibres in tap water at 94%, which was sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates. Nations in Europe including the United Kingdom, Germany and France had the lowest rate which was 72%, still a very high percentage.
An expert on plastic pollution, Sherri Mason at the State University of New York in Freedonia told the media that “There are certain commons that connect us all to each other, air, water, soil, and what we have universally found time and time again is if you contaminate any of those commons, it gets in everything,”