Microfibers in our Drinking Water
Is there plastic in my water?
At Filtrol, we often say that recycling isn’t solving the plastic pollution problem; it’s simply changing it. When you consider that the 50 billion plastic bottles that are recycled each year are converted into the micro-plastics that make up polyester, it becomes clear that we’re not removing plastic from the environment when we throw our water bottles into the recycle bin. We’re repurposing it. We’re giving it a new form for a different use, but the synthetic materials that once made up our bottled water containers are still in our environment, only in smaller, harder to detect and easier to consume forms.
Here’s what micro-plastics mean for our drinking water:
The microfiber pollution that gets washed from our washing machines and into our rivers, streams, and waterways eventually makes its way through our city water treatment plants and back into our homes, running through our water taps and into our drinking glasses. Unfortunately, the filtration process at most city treatment facilities is only equipped to remove major toxins and large particles. They do not remove the majority of micro pollutants that are washed away through our laundry.
Some homes are outfitted with water filtration systems that are custom-engineered for their specific water. For instance, if your home has a reverse osmosis filtration system that you maintain regularly, it is equipped to properly treat your water. Reverse Osmosis systems can filter out micro plastics because they filter down to .001 microns. This basically means they filter out contaminants that are not visible to the human eye. While they are costly to maintain, they do a good job of protecting you from consuming the plastics that would be present if you drank straight from your tap. For those with portable filters like a Brita filter, you are not being protected from these plastics.
The Summary About Microfibers in Your Drinking Water
Aside from costly solutions installed in your home, you aren’t going to effectively remove the plastic microfibers from your drinking water. And that’s just for the drinking water and doesn’t address the plastics found in our food.
This is why it’s important that we begin to move toward a bigger solution…one that stops plastic pollutants from ever entering our ecosystem, running through our treatment facilities, and back into our homes.
To see what Filtrol is doing to stop microfiber pollution before it contaminates our ecosystem, follow us on Facebook, read more from our blog, and find out more about our washing machine wastewater filter. To solve the problem in your home and put a stop to your family’s contribution to microfiber pollution, click here.