People around the world could be consuming water contaminated with microplastics, potentially leading to various health problems.
Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic ranging in size from 0.05mm–5mm in diameter, or the width of a strand of hair to the size of a grain of rice. The average person could be ingesting 2,000 tiny pieces of plastic every week – the equivalent of a credit card.
A recent study by the University of Newcastle suggests that people around the globe are consuming 5 grams of microplastics each week. While the health risks of ingesting microplastics are not yet known for sure, according to the World Health Organisation, possible effects may include damage to the immune system and fertility. However, there is little data to indicate the prevalence of microplastics in Australian waterways.
Experts including senior environmental scientists for the University of Newcastle and Macquarie University are recommending filtered water until there is more clarity on the problem of microplastics contamination in water.
So, can all water filters protect you from harmful microplastics?
Genuine Zip Water filters with their 0.2 micron filtration will remove particles as tiny as 250th of a strand of hair or 250 times smaller than a microplastic.
A genuine Zip water filter will also remove chlorine, lead, rust, asbestos fibres and volatile organic compounds, without removing beneficial fluoride.
If your Zip system is in need of a filter change, be sure you’re buying a genuine Zip water filter by purchasing from the Zip Water website. Alternatively, explore our range of HydroTaps to find the right system for you.