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Plastic Pollution in Our Water

December 1, 2017

In a study conducted at the University of Minnesota, 83% of tap water samples tested from around the globe were found to be contaminated with plastic particles.

The highest levels of microplastic contamination were found in the United States, where 94 percent of the samples were contaminated. Microplastics are also present in bottled water. With a diameter of only 10 microns, plastic microparticles are too small to be filtered by typical city water treatment systems.
As plastic isn’t biodegradable, it typically breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. And, the smaller the particle, the more danger it presents. Effects of plastics on human health and the environment are devastating and unless you are using reverse osmosis, the Big Berkey, or distillation filtration methods, you are drinking them. Not only does plastic cause hormone disruption and cancer, the tiny particles may also cause a blockage of organs, and even infiltrate your cells.

Where does the microplastic pollution come from?
Fibers from synthetic fabrics such as fleece, acrylic and polyester are loosened when you wash your clothes, and released into the air and the water.

You can reduce plastic emissions from your own household by opting for reusable cloth bags and containers instead of plastic bags – and using glass or reusable containers instead of plastic bottles. You can also wash, and wear, synthetic clothes less frequently and limit your use of latex and acrylic paint.

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