If you regularly utilize plastic bottles as a means to keep clean water on hand, you might want to think again. Plastic bottles that you keep in your pantry could be contaminated over time. The material that’s used in plastic water bottles regularly finds its way into the water via tiny particles.
If you regularly use plastic bottles you could be consuming nearly 2000 plastic particles every week. This means that you are consuming roughly 5 grams of plastic particles which weighs roughly the same as a credit card.
Plastics originate as a microbial or a tiny piece of plastic which is called microplastic. This can degrade over time and shrink due to exposure to the environment. These forms of plastic make their way into the environment in items like shower gel microbeads or even in tiny fragments throughout the bottles and bags that you use every day. Microplastics found in the environment only continues to worsen as humanity continues to increase plastic production.
It’s estimated that around 330 metric tons of plastic is manufactured annually and unless we change our methods for packaging, these numbers are expected to triple by the year 2050.
How Harmful is Plastic Long-term?
Plastic consumption on a long-term basis has been studied widely and scientists suggest that the hazards of chronic plastic consumption can be extremely dangerous. Preliminary studies have suggested that humans and animals can experience a series of digestive tract problems, infertility, high risk of developing cancer, and respiratory problems as well.
Our drinking water can contain a large percentage of these microplastics that leach their way into our water. By installing a proper filtration system you can reduce the total amount of plastics that you are consuming on a weekly basis to preserve your health and the health of your family members.
This post was written by Kristian D’An, owner and water expert at Eco Water Solutions of Florida. Eco Water Solutions is one of the best St Petersburg water softeners companies. They offer whole home water solutions such as softeners, whole home water filtration systems, and reverse osmosis systems. Their focus is to provide Floridians with safe and clean water throughout the home.