Maybe you have read lately the recent news that 93% of bottled water around the world and 92% of tap water is contaminated with microplastics. A recent report also concludes that most human poo contains microplastics and we have no idea what the impact of this is on humans.
The two studies of of bottled water and tap water by Orb Media are the largest of their kind. Orb Media analyzed 250 bottles from 9 different countries around the globe. An average of 40 plastic particles per gallon, each larger than the width of a human hair, were found in bottled water.
But it’s not just bottled water. A previous study by Orb Media, found that 94% of tap water in the USA and 72% in Europe contained microplastics.
We are all worried about what it might do to humans and animals in the long term. No one knows the consequences yet, but better safe than sorry.
- Read more about Orb’s bottled water study here.
- Read more about Orb’s tap water study here and here.
How can you remove microplastics from tap water at home?
First of all, the smallest microplastics measured by Orb in tap water were about 2.5 micrometers, although most considerably bigger. It’s important to understand the size as this will impact the type of filtering required.
There are three types of filters that will help remove microplastics of this size:
- Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) faucet filters: filters contaminants down to about 5 microns (micrometers) so most microplastics will be removed.
- Carbon Blocks faucet filters: A carbon block which filters contaminants down to 2 microns will get rid of all known microplastics. TAPP 2 is an example, of a carbon block filter, which additionally boasts biodegradable refills.
- Reverse Osmosis filters: they can filter down to 0.001 microns so will remove microplastics, but are a lot more expensive and require maintenance.
What filter should you choose?
There is yet no evidence that microplastics are dangerous to the human health. Yet, due to their small size, they are easy to ingest and are now the subject of a health review by the World Health Organisation. A carbon block filter of 2-microns or Reverse Osmosis will filter the smallest microplastics found. Taking price in consideration, a carbon block filter is an affordable and environmentally friendly way to keep the family safe from microplastics.
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