Water filters that are effective in reducing the concentration of microplastics in water include reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, microfiltration, and activated carbon filtration. Currently, most water filters do not remove microplastics and there are only a few laboratories in the world that can do the test. However, you can still take steps to limit the amount of plastic you ingest by avoiding bottled water, reducing plastic waste, and drinking filtered tap water. You may have read studies that 93% of bottled water worldwide and 92% of tap water is contaminated with microplastics*.
LifeStraw is committed to working with the company's partners to advocate for the reduction of disposable plastic water bottles, reduce the plastic used in its products and packaging, work only with plastic materials that are recyclable, and conduct routine manufacturing evaluations to identify components of the product that can be manufactured from recycled or recycled plastic water bottles and ocean plastics. The tap water study found that billions of people around the world drink tap water contaminated by plastic particles. Most research shows that people who drink bottled water ingest more microplastics than people who drink tap water. For example, ozonation or infusion of ozone into water does not affect the retention of nanoplastics during water treatment.
The amount of nanoplastics in water sources is expected to increase in the future as plastics continue to degrade, therefore, drinking water treatment processes must be equipped to eliminate them. TAPP 2 (sold as a Flo Faucet filter in the U.S. USA) is the world's first filter with recyclable refill cartridges. In fact, studies have identified nanoplastics in tap water in China, in lake water in Switzerland, and even in ice samples in the northern and southern polar regions.
A Quench filter water cooler offers an excellent plastic-free solution for businesses looking to reduce their plastic footprint. While there is great promise that some water treatment processes can be effective in removing plastic particles from contaminated water sources, the root of the problem still needs to be addressed. LifeStraw consumer water filtration products offer reliable and versatile alternatives to bottled water, allowing safe hydration from a local tap or nearby river or stream. A Quench Q-Series water chiller manufactured by QuenchWater+ with reverse osmosis (RO) filtration can help protect you and your co-workers from microplastics in drinking water.