Microplastics in Water: Should We Be Concerned?

The University of Newcastle in Australia released some disturbing facts earlier this year. The University suggested that almost everyone regardless of where they were are consuming at least some form of plastic. The study discovered that the average person is consuming roughly 5 g of plastic on a weekly basis. This means that every human is ingesting roughly a credit card worth of plastic every week. Discovering the source of these plastics came down to studying the cause of microplastics in water and how they’re ending up there!

Where Do We Pick Up Microplastics?

Micro plastics are extremely small particles of plastic and we can pick them up in some fairly surprising ways. There is no consensus on what makes up a micro plastic but most experts would agree that these are plastics which are nearly microscopic in size. The plastic that you find in a micro plastic is roughly 5 mm and these pieces of plastic can normally degrade as they are introduced into areas like our drinking supply. 

Microplastics can be picked up almost anywhere in the environment including bottled water, wastewater, our food, fresh water, tap water and more. It’s likely that you’re ingesting some form of micro plastic just by eating produce from the grocery store, walking around in the world and more. 

The main reason for the spread of micro plastics worldwide comes down to the demand for plastic manufacturing and how it is dealt with by conservation organizations and their ability to combat plastic that is breaking down in our environment. 

It’s unlikely that you will taste any amount of plastic as you are eating or drinking and micro plastics are often so small that they will not affect your water or food as statically. Micro plastics can continue to accumulate in your stomach over time without you even being aware that you are consuming them or digesting them. 

The main source of micro plastics comes down to tap water throughout the United States with around 94% of all tap water in the USA contaminated with some form of plastic. 

How do Microplastics Affect Us Over Time?

Micro plastics can be considered dangerous but we don’t know much about the potential side effects. In an in-depth analysis conducted by the World Health Organization, micro plastics aren’t necessarily dangerous but they can pose a health risk if the amount of micro plastics in drinking water exceed their current levels. Further calls for research are needed in order to understand the further impact of micro plastics on human health and how we can reverse the damage of microplastics with human health over time. 

Protection From Plastic From a Water Filter

One of the easiest ways that you can protect yourself from micro plastic is with the help of a typical water filtration system. A home water filtration system is one of the simplest ways that you can remove plastic particles from your drinking water and eliminate your plastic exposure. Opting for a filter even on your tap drinking water can be an excellent step in the right direction in filtering out contaminants like micro plastics, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and more. 

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