What about micro-plastics in bottled water?

Micro-plastics can be found everywhere, including in the air we breathe, the clothes we wear, the food we eat and the water we drink. They are part of the broader problem of plastic waste, which is one of the major sustainability challenges society faces today.

Because the safety and quality of our products is our highest priority, we have tested our products for micro-plastics since 2015, using state-of-the-art devices and techniques. This extensive testing has not detected micro-plastics beyond trace level (i.e. none to a maximum of 12 micro-particles per liter).

With such minute amounts detected in our analyses, it is not possible to determine if these traces are intrinsic to our bottled water operations or merely the result of cross contamination in a lab environment.

In 2018, we started using a more sophisticated, state-of-the art testing methodology that combines electronic microscope and micro Raman spectroscopy analysis.

Following the publication of Orb Media’s report on March 15, we used this methodology to test samples of comparable batches to the ones used in their analyses. Our results differ greatly from Orb Media’s findings and range from none to a maximum of 12 micro-particles per liter.

We have shared our results with Orb Media in writing. We have also invited them to discuss our respective testing methodologies and to examine our diverging results. We look forward to dialogue regarding potential sources of micro-plastic contamination.

Nestlé welcomes further research on the possible effects of micro-plastics consumption on human health. We are ready to make our expertise available to improve understanding of this issue.