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Mermaid’s tears

Water is essential to life.  Our body is made of 65% of water – this is about 45 liters for an adult weighing 70 kgs.

Life came through water, and is still possible thanks to water.  But today, seas and oceans are in great danger.

A study commissioned by the journalist project Orb Media, and published on 14th March 2018 by the State University of New York in Fredonia, revealed that 93% of the world’s water bottles contain micro-plastic, also known as Mermaids’ tears.

Water bottles are the source of issues for health and the environment.

Pollution due to micro-plastic is catastrophic.  We find traces of micro-plastic in ALL of our water sources nowadays.  In Europe only 20% of plastic water bottles are recycled, leading us into a vicious circle, where the disintegrated plastic contributes towards contaminating even more the industry’s re-embottled water.

On health, more studies are needed, but when we take a look at all the damage caused by micro-plastics to the fauna, there is little room for doubt.  We can reasonably think that it’s not a good idea to ingest plastic.  Tests on rats have shown that the smallest particles can pass trough the blood and stay in the animal’s liver and kidney.

Health organizations recommend drinking 1,5 liters of water each day.  According to the Orb Media study, we are absorbing 15,6 particles of micro-plastic every day – which turns to: 109,2 a week; 468 a month; and 5694 a year.  And theses results are only for the biggest particles.

I often hear or read slogans such as «save the planet, drink beer!”.  Well, you’re entitled to adopt your own ecological gesture, but I have an easier solution: reusable water bottles!

You can find them in many shops nowadays.  If they are made from plastic, check they do not have PET or BPA elements.  Otherwise, go for a stainless steel bottle.  You can’t go wrong.  They’re also light and easy to clean.


Many Madrid-based stores offer reusable water bottles.  One of my favorites is Eco Mania, which supply a large choice of water bottles from the brand 24.

Also – if you’re not comfortable with the idea of drinking tap water (which contains twice less micro plastic particles of plastic than water bottles), you have the option of filtering it.


The most natural way is using charcoal, which has been used for more than 1000 years in Japan to absorb the water’s pollutants and to add minerals.  It’s natural, reusable and economical.  A win-Win!

A stick costs about 12 euros.  After 3 months of use, boil the charcoal stick to reactivate it and use for another 3 months before changing it.  And once it’s fully used, don’t throw it!  You can recycle all your charcoal sticks as deodorizer for cat litter boxes, teenage smelly shoes… and if you don’t have nor a cat or a teenage kid, you can add it to a plant and use as soil fertilizer!


The report from Orb Media’s project.


  • Eco Mania in Madrid to buy your reusable bottle.

  • I recommend Black & Blum’s charcoal sticks.

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