Plastic on Your Plate (and in your beer)

Microfiber pollution, one that we are hearing a lot about but not one that we are seeing a lot of good solutions for, is making its way from our laundry baskets and into the food we eat and water (and beer) we drink.

According to this article from Wisconsin Public Radio, beers brewed with water from the Great Lakes were discovered to have micro plastics in them. In all, 12 beers from breweries around the Great Lakes were considered contaminated by plastic.

Micro-plastic pollution is becoming a universal issue. It’s not about under-developed countries or poverty or geography. In fact, of 159 water samples taken from around the globe, 81% of them contained micro-plastics. That means that microfibers do not discriminate. They’re getting washed down our drains from laundry and ending up everywhere. They’re in the water we drink and the water that our food drinks. They’re in the fields our crops (and our hops) are growing in. Plastics, in microscopic form, are everywhere.

To find the right solution for this giant micro-plastic problem, we have to look at its source. It’s happening from the billions of plastic bottles being used worldwide each year. It’s happening in our homes with the flushing of wastewater from our laundry tubs. It’s happening because we are repurposing plastic bottles, and because we’re ignoring it.

If each home, each manufacturing company, and each individual took seriously the problem and the opportunities to stop microfiber pollution in its tracks, we could start seeing a real change. Filtrol exists to stop microfiber pollution before it enters our ecosystem. It’s a laundry wastewater filter that can block up to 90% of the pollutants from ever entering our water.

To learn more, and to do your part, click here.