What are microplastics?

Everyone knows the plastic soup in the oceans. A terrible development of the excessive use of plastic by society. Many innovations are created to remove the plastics. However, plastic is not only the bottles that you can see by your own eyes, unfortunately there are also microplastic particles that are found in our products and in our drinking water. There is an option to filter these microplastic particles from the water by yourself.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that microplastics contain a wide range of materials composed of different substances. Microplastic includes various densities, chemical compositions, shapes and dimensions. There is no scientifically agreed definition of microplastic. The WHO hereby proposes that all plastic smaller than 5 mm is referred to as microplastic. PB International, however, finds this a fairly random definition, especially in combination with drinking water. Plastic of 5 mm is filtered out of the water in the Netherlands by the water purification companies, moreover you could almost see it with your eye. It is unlikely that particles of this size will be found in purified drinking water.

 

How does microplastic get into the water?

Unfortunately, it is almost insurmountable that microplastics end up in our drinking water. Many different products contain or are made of plastic. The use of these products leads to the intake of microplastics. You can find them in the following products:

  • Microplastics in toothpaste;
  • Microplastic in cosmetics;
  • Microplastics in shampoo.

 

Microplastic can end up in drinking water in various ways. For example, after a rain shower and microplastic particles were in the air, via waste water (both purified and untreated) or overflow from a combined sewer. Plastic bottles and caps used in bottled water can also be a source of microplastics in drinking water.

 

Filtering the drinking water by water purification companies is an intensive process. To ensure that your tap water is additionally filtered, you can add an ultrafiltration separation method. With this filter you can capture microplastic particles, but also capture Legionella and other harmful substances and bacteria. Because you capture these substances, they do not end up in your drinking water.

 

How does a microplastic filter work?

PB International offers various types of water filters. The big advantage at PB International is that all our filters can also capture microplastic from 0.02 micron (µm) from the water. You can choose from different systems at PB International to filter your water for Legionella, Microplastics and other bacteria and sediment. The PB International filter modules filter the water that you draw from the tap and capture the microplastic particles so that they do not end up in your glass of water. In addition to filtering by the water purification company, your water in your home or office is filtered again before you drink it or use it for other purposes.

 

People speak a lot about our health and all the harmful substances that are in the air and in the water around us. There is also much talk about microplastics and the risk to humans. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that microplastics are generally considered to be of little toxicity, but that they can contain unbound monomers and additives. The possible health risk then lies in the amount of microplastics to which a person is exposed and how this exposure takes place. There is a substantial difference in taking, breathing in or coming into contact with it. According to the WHO, too little information and research has been done to draw firm conclusions. The first tests, however, show that the majority of humans excrete via the digestive system and that risks are only established when a huge amount is taken. These numbers generally do not occur in our drinking water.

 

By adding a filter, you ensure that your water receives an extra filtering. Whether you do this at the office or at home. In this way you will be less likely to come into contact with microplastic from 0.02 Micron (µm) and catch it with the filters from PB International. The PB International filters are self-flushing, so you don’t need to replace or send anything. The filtration systems are tailor-made and built using an integrity test. This ensures that your filter system works properly. PB International has been a specialist for 20 years in the field of filter modules based on ultrafiltration membranes. PB International helps you with clean and safe drinking water.

 

Are you curious about the possibilities of a filter module for your company or house? Our permanent team of specialists is ready for you and helps you choose the right filter module.