They’re in our food, in the air and in our water supply, so how do we avoid microplastics?
We are surrounded by plastic from the moment we wake up in the morning to the time we go to sleep. However, research has shown that particles from these plastic products in our homes are finding their way into our bodies. Scientists have found traces of microplastics in human lung tissue and found in blood samples. Just like plastic pollution persisting in our natural environment these plastic particles have begun to litter our insides.
We are exposed to several milligrams of microplastics on a daily basis. Microplastics find their way into the human body by various means. From the plastic food containers we eat from to the man-made textiles we wear, plastic particles are all around us. These particles pollute the air, water and soil. Therefore, we can be exposed to microplastics through inhalation and via the food chain. Microplastics have been found in foods such as fish, seafood, beer, sugar and in our drinking water.
Can microplastics affect our health?
Microplastics can affect human health in various ways depending on how we come in contact with them. Through inhalation, these plastic particles can cause inflammation of the airways leading to respiratory symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath. If you ingest microplastics the fragments can irritate the digestive system and cause digestive issues such as abdominal pain and bloating.
The cocktail of chemicals used in plastic production can also interfere with processes on a cellular level. Some of these chemicals are known to be endocrine disruptors, meaning that they can cause certain health issues and increased disease risk. Examples of which are fertility issues and the development of cancers.
10 Ways to Avoid Microplastics
Fortunately, we can make choices which limit our exposure to microplastics. Here are ten ways in which we can avoid these problematic plastic particles.
1. Don’t heat food and drink in plastic containers
The higher temperatures increase the shedding of plastic particles into your food and drink.
2. Say no to bottled water
Choose filtered tap water over bottled water. Plastic bottles will start to degrade over time and contaminate the water inside. If you’re looking for an alternative to bottled water, try filtering your water. Aquatiere’s Purest Water filter is an excellent choice for microplastic free drinking water.
3. Wear natural fibres
Clothes made from synthetic textiles shed tiny fibres. When you wash these fibres in the washing machine they can easily make their way into waterways.
4. Chop on a wooden block
Every time you chop up your ingredients on a plastic chopping board you are introducing tiny bits of plastic into your food. Opt for a wooden chopping block as a natural alternative.
5. Filter your tap water
Microplastics are already in our water supply. The good news is that you can now filter out these plastic particles using Aquatiere’s Purest Water filter.
6. Loose leaf tea
Polypropylene, a plastic-based glue, is commonly used in the construction on tea bags. Brewing loose leaf tea is an easy way to reduce your exposure to microplastics.
Vacuuming and dusting regularly cleans away all the plastic particles that have settled around your home. Picking up this cleaning habit will help to decrease the amount of microplastics you will inhale via dust in the air.
8. Limit your intake of seafood
Due to microplastics in our waterways, certain shellfish such as mussels and clams contain higher levels of microplastics. Try to eat these less often or opt for other types of seafood with lower microplastic levels such as sardines.
9. Choose fresh foods
The manufacturing processes involved in creating processed and ultra-processed foods increase the risk of plastic contamination. Choose fresh fruit and vegetables instead.
By disposing of plastics properly you are reducing the levels of plastic pollution in the natural environment.
A simple way to start limiting your intake of microplastics is to invest in a water filter that can help you reach your goal. Our new Purest Water filter uses advanced filtration technology that can remove microplastics and more from your water supply. From fluoride to PFAS, your tap water will be free of chemical contaminants if you install a water filter in your home. Ask our experts all about our newest products; they will be happy to help you.