Much has been said about the problem of single-use plastics polluting the planet. A bit less has been said about the extent to which those plastics are polluting our bodies too. A study by the University of Newcastle estimates that the average human consumes roughly one credit card’s worth of plastic per week. If you didn’t notice this happening, it’s probably because it’s consumed in the form of microplastics.
Plastic is a highly durable material that takes about 1000 years to break down but long before it goes away, tiny pieces of it break off and end up scattered throughout the food chain and even into the water we drink. Some of these pieces are so small they can’t be seen with the naked eye but as we consume more and more of them they have pretty noticeable effects. These include;
- Higher risks of brain and heart cancer
- Weakened immune system
- Gut imbalance
- Higher risks of obesity and more
That same study from the University of Newcastle estimated that the average person consumes “1,769 particles of plastic every week from water alone”. That number could rise in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic where single use plastics have surged in popularity as a hygienic barrier between individuals and the coronavirus.
You may be currently drinking bottled water from single use plastic bottles because you don’t like the taste of town water, or because you don’t know the quality of the water in your rainwater tank. Filtration can help eliminate that bad taste, provide protection from pathogens and remove a large portion of the microplastics from the diet of your household. You might also be surprised by how much money you can save. Talk to the Bundaberg Water team about your water needs.