Feb 5, 2020 in Blog Articles

We have all heard about the problems of plastic pollution and we envision turtles or sea birds dead because of plastic ingestion. But what about the effects of plastic on humans? Plastic products contain endocrine disruptors which are chemicals that can interfere with endocrine systems at certain doses. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders.

Any system in the body controlled by hormones can be derailed by hormone disruptors, two of these disruptors are bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S (BPS). Now we are hearing about micro-plastics being found in people, with a study commissioned by the WWF claiming that we each consume, on average, about 5 grams of plastic each week. A study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society found that 97.5% of children and adolescents had detectable levels of BPA in their urine and 87.8% also had BPS.

Recent studies by Orb Media have shown that around 93% of bottled water contains micro-plastic particles, with one litre of bottled water containing an average of 10 plastic particles. The problem with micro-plastics doesn’t just stop at bottled water. The study also found that tap water can also contain microfiber particles. Although the contaminant levels are far lower than bottled water, the study found that tap water can contain around 4.45 pieces of micro-plastic per litre.

Filtering your tap water and choosing to drink filtered tap water as an alternative to bottled water is a great way to avoid the consumption of micro-plastic particles. The pores in the ceramic structure of a Doulton® water filter are less than 0.5 microns in size, providing an effective way of removing plastic from drinking water. Whilst removing >99.99% of contaminants, Doulton® ceramic filters retain all of the natural, healthy minerals that make your drinking water taste great. Doulton® water is a cost-effective alternative to bottled water, with plastic bottled water costing on average 500 times more than tap water.

Filcon Filters has for almost 20 years been selling Doulton filtration products. We have been promoting the Doulton Ultracarb as the Rolls Royce of filters.