It’s raining plastic! It’s been found in our tap water, ocean and even rainwater. At least that’s what a survey found in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. While scientists couldn’t find it with their naked eyes, they did happen to find it using a binocular microscope. In fact, plastic was found in 90% of the samples in fiber form.
Plastic has been a growing problem throughout the world. What once was solving a problem via containers, bottles and the like has now become the problem. We have the sea of plastic in the Pacific Ocean, plastic bottles filling up our landfills and now, microplastic particles in our rainwater.
“Microplastic is a new atmospheric pollutant,” says Deonie Allen, a researcher at Ecolab in the School of Agricultural and Life Sciences. In essence, microplastics are very tiny pieces of plastic waste. While we have known for some time about their presence in oceans and waterways, we are just now starting to look for the presence of them in the air.
Allen and colleagues collected microplastics over five months using atmospheric deposition catchers. Researchers couldn’t find the source of the microplastics – there was nothing within a 60-mile radius of the region. No one knows how far microplastics can travel.
420 million tons of plastic were produced in 2015 alone. Plastic typically starts out as bottles or packaging, and while it degrades over time into microplastics, they don’t simply disappear. Aside from wildlife and different ecosystems being exposed to microplastics, humans are as well. The ramifications of this pollution are still unknown, but we do know that it has taken a toll on wildlife and sea life. And it doesn’t end there.
Media reports of microplastics in drinking water first came up in 2017 and were followed by other scientific publications in 2018. With the growing amount of plastic being created and inevitably ending up in our water and air, it’s no wonder why many scientists consider Earth to be a “plastic” planet. It is literally everywhere! While the health ramifications of having plastic in our water, air and our food are still unknown, one thing is certain: it has caused more damage to our environment than it has helped. And while there are several organizations addressing this issue, we all can do our part by minimizing our use of plastics in our everyday lives.
For one, don’t purchase bottled water. A plastic water bottle can take 450 years to degrade. Some take 1000 years. This is where a water purification system can come in handy especially in your home or office.
One solution to microplastics found in our tap and drinking water is to invest in a water purification system. Whether it is a whole-home purification system or one which only purifies the tap in your kitchen, it is important for families in and around Springfield, Missouri and the rest of the world. Aquasani is one such water purification company in Springfield, Mo. and services surrounding areas as well. Not only do we strive to reduce our carbon footprint, but all of our products and services strive to help the environment as much as possible.
About Aquasani in Springfield, Mo.
Aquasani is an authorized dealer for Rainsoft, WaterLogic, & JavaSmart. Based in Springfield, Mo., Aquasani services areas in the Ozarks including Jefferson City, Springfield, Mo., Ozark, Nixa, Rogersville, Republic, Joplin, Branson and even Harrison, Arkansas, and Bentonville. In essence, we service Mid-Missouri, Southwest Missouri, and Northwest Arkansas, and have been servicing these areas since 2004. We provide home water softener systems, drinking water filtration systems, whole house air cleaner systems, problem-solving water filtration systems for homes and offices, and we also offer a coffee service to businesses in these above-mentioned areas as well.
Aside from our purification systems, we also sell all-natural cleaning products and household items which are environmentally friendly and low-cost.
The coffee service business is simple: an office purchases coffee from us, and we provide the coffee maker/dispenser (including Keurig coffee makers), deliver the coffee to the office as often as needed, and we even clean the coffee makers monthly.
We specialize in water filtration and purification for both commercial businesses and residential homes. If that isn’t enough, we provide free trials for our coffee and water cooler services. If you would like a free estimate, schedule an appointment with us by calling (417) 881-4000 or fill out the form below and one of our Aquasani teammates will sort you out!