Plastics are taking over. They surround us everywhere we go. You can find plastics in our oceans, in massive landfills or in our drinking water in the form of small plastic particles (microplastics). Even though the amount of microplastics in the water is not yet harmful for most healthy humans, it is not something we like to have in our drinking water. In this blog, we will discuss how you can filter microplastics from tapwater.
What are microplastics?
Microplastics are small plastic particles, usually less than 5 millimeters in size, that have become a major concern for the environment and human health. These particles are found in many consumer products, including clothing, cosmetics, and cleaning products, and they can end up in our tap water through various sources. It is estimated that in the near future the amount of plastics in our water will only rise, as we use more and more plastics and they end up in our environment more often.
Check this blog first if you want to know more about microplastics before continuing on how to filter microplastics.
How to filter microplastics from tapwater
There are several steps that you can take to reduce your exposure to these nasty plastic particles. Here are some effective ways to remove microplastics from tap water:
- Use a water filter
One of the most effective ways to remove microplastics from tap water is to use a water filter. There are many different types of water filters on the market, including activated carbon filters, reverse osmosis filters, and ceramic filters. These filters can help to remove not only microplastics but also other contaminants, such as chlorine, lead, and bacteria.
We offer water dispensers for organisations that filter microplastics from the tapwater with patent-pending technology. The Aquablu dispenser filters harmful contaminations and adds important vitamins and minerals in four different healthy natural flavors.
- Boil your water
Boiling water is a simple and effective way to remove microplastics from the water. Boiling water for at least 20 minutes can kill most bacteria, viruses, and parasites, as well as remove microplastics. However, this method is not practical for large quantities of water and may not remove all microplastics. Also, when you are thirsty you do not want to wait 20 minutes to boil your water..
- Use a filtering water bottle
If you are on the go, a filtering water bottle can be a convenient way to remove microplastics from tap water. These bottles contain a built-in filter that removes impurities, including microplastics, from the water as you drink it. It is important to check the lifespan of your filtering water bottle and how often you can use it. You can find all sorts of water bottles with built-in filters online, check which one fits your needs and filters out the contaminations that you want to be filtered.
Replace the bottle or filters compartments off the bottle often to ensure a safe and healthy water quality without plastics and contaminations.
- Reduce plastic use
Alright, this solution is perhaps not the most direct one, but it is definitely the most sustainable one. Reducing your use of plastic products can help to reduce the amount of microplastics that end up in the environment and ultimately in our tap water.
Try to avoid single-use plastic items, such as non reusable water bottles, straws, and utensils, and instead opt for reusable alternatives made from materials like glass or stainless steel.
Looking for simple ways to reduce your plastic use? Here you can find a list with tips to reduce your plastic usage.
In conclusion, removing microplastics from tap water is not a straightforward process, but there are steps that you can take to reduce your exposure to these particles.
The most convenient option is using a water filter machine such as the Aquablu REFILL+ to ensure an unlimited amount of filtered and purified water directly from your tapwater.
Other options to filter microplastics from water are boiling water or using a filtering water bottle. The solution for the long-run is to reducing plastic use, and supporting initiatives to reduce microplastic, as this help to minimize your exposure to these harmful particles.
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