WHO says no harm from microplastics in drinking water

03.09.2019

Microplastics are a fairly new topic being raised in several contexts. There is increased certainty that microplastics are everywhere around us, even in the air we breathe. Recent findings suggest that more than half of all microplastics in the environment are caused by car tyres and building construction. Washing synthetic clothes or the abrasion of shoe soles are also known to contribute, along with littering and poor plastic waste management. 

EFBW welcomes the recent WHO report reviewing scientific knowledge on microplastics in drinking water, confirming that data on occurrence of microplastics is still limited and conclusions are often not reliable and differ from one study to another. This is because there is currently no official standardised methodology to measure microplastics. 

As to potential exposure and impact on health, the WHO further concluded that “although there is insufficient information to draw firm conclusion on the toxicity of microplastics, no reliable information suggests it is a concern.”

Read the full WHO report here: https://bit.ly/2HkpJj5

Full EFBW statement on microplastics: https://bit.ly/2ZfYA7j

The Guardian: https://bit.ly/2MwxKFP


by PEAK Sourcing