We all know that plastic is one of the most prevalent pollutants in the world. But did you know that we could be ingesting around 5 grams of plastic every week?
A WWF study, conducted by the University of Newcastle in Australia, came out with this alarming finding, pointing out to our unknowing consumption of microplastics mostly from both tap and bottled water, around the world.
What are microplastics?
A byproduct of plastic pollutants into our environment, microplastics are tiny plastic particles that range from 5 millimeters down to 1 micron. Plastics smaller than that – from 1 micron to 0.1 micron, are defined as sub-microplastics.
What are the potential threats posed by microplastics in drinking water?
While data is limited on the direct health risks of microplastic contamination in human health, high rate of consumption and frequent exposure is a growing cause of concern.
Research shows that microplastic consumption in animals can cause intestinal damage, and may penetrate the blood stream, lymphatic system, and liver.
There is no doubt that the issue arising from microplastics is a byproduct that we must live with in years to come due to the wide use of plastic all around the world. Ultimately, our first line of defense in this growing concern, is to reduce plastic production and implement better containment.
While conventional water treatment facilities today can effectively filter out most contaminants, there are still growing debates on whether it is 100% effective, with various reports on microplastic findings from drinking water.
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