Our Response to Questions About Micro-plastics in Bottled Water

To Press Releases listFeb 22, 2019

We Stand by the Quality and Safety of our Bottled Water Products

At Nestlé Waters North America, we stand behind the safety and quality of our products. Our own high quality standards meet or exceed government regulatory requirements. 

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. It is part of the broader problem of unmanaged plastic waste, which is one of the major sustainability challenges society is facing today. 

We have been testing our products for the presence of micro-plastics since 2015, using state-of-the-art devices and techniques. In 2018, we started using a more sophisticated, state-of-the art testing methodology that combines the use of an electronic microscope and micro Raman spectroscopy analysis, allowing us to detect particles as small as 5 microns. 

To date, this extensive testing has not detected micro-plastics in our plastic bottles beyond trace level. With such a minute amount detected by our testing, it is not possible to determine if these traces are intrinsic to our bottled water operations or merely the result of cross-contamination from the lab environment. 

We welcome further research on the possible effects of micro-plastics consumption on human health. We have been sharing our expertise and will continue to collaborate with the scientific community to advance understanding on the topic.