Bits of plastic in your water

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Bits of plastic in your water
Above, CBS Healthwatch discloses a study of how there's tiny plastic
particles in popular brands of bottled water  ~ and there's as much as
10,000 microplastic pieces per liter of water!

Are you paying 240 a year for your bottled water habit?
Bottled water is as bad for your pocketbook as it is for your
health). It can easily cost a few hundred dollars a year for your
family if you're taking bottled water to school or work or buying
bottled water at restaurants.


Here's what to do about microplastics in your bottled water:

  • Get a water filter. There is a value to storing bottled water
    for an emergency, but for your health you shouldn't drink
    bottled water on a daily basis. Kick the bottled water habit
    and start filtering your water for everyday use. At home you
    can get a Big Berkey water filter, and for the office a mini
    Berkey travel system

  • Limit your use of plastic sports bottles. Use glass or
    stainless steel for your water bottle, instead of plastic if
    possible. Sports bottles are convenient, so if you have one
    be sure it's a BPA-free water bottle, and be sure to replace it
    when it gets worn.

  • Remember that plastic gets into your soda bottles too.
    The chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates found in
    plastic bottles is perhaps more pronounced in soda bottles
    than it is in water. The BPA and phthalates from plastic
    bottles are endocrine disruptors ~ these chemicals leach into
    the soda, enter the body and are toxic! If you choose to
    drink soda, be sure to drink from a glass bottle.

  • Put away the Nestlé Pure Life water. Sometimes you need
    a bottle of water, but of all the bottled waters, Nestlé Pure
    Life water seems to have the highest concentration of
    microfibers so stay away from that brand. According to the
    World Health Organization about Nestlé Pure Life water it's a
    a big offender ~ concentrations were as high as 10,000
    plastic pieces per litre of water!

#2: Plastics circulate in the ocean, lakes, rivers and
streams and get into the municipal water supply.
Another way plastic gets into your water is through the plastic
discarded into the ocean. People litter all sorts of materials and
plastic is among the most common. Sciencemag.org says there's
around 275 million metric tons of plastic waste in our oceans.

Debris that finds its way into the oceans breaks down to some
extent, but it never fully decomposes. It erodes into smaller and
smaller pieces. Erosion happens from the sunlight, extreme heat
and also in cooler temperatures as well as the motion of the
waves, and this process is leaching toxic chemicals such as
bisphenol A into our oceans. It's affecting marine life in creating a
toxic soup for them, and it's effecting seabirds.

When you eat seafood, you're probably eating microplastics as
well. That's because there's
microplastic in the plankton, which is
the base of the marine food web.

#3: Just doing the laundry gets plastic into our water.
Something not often talked about is how plastic gets into the
municipal water supply through laundry. Bits of microplastics  
release as a result of tumble dryers and it comes from clothes
and carpets that shed microscopic bits of plastic. These bits of
plastic release into the greywater from washing machines. Water
treatment plants can't get out all these microfibers. Recycled
water has bits of plastic, but it also gets back into the oceans,
streams and rivers.


#4: Dishwashing gets plastic into our water, too.
Dishwashing is essentially the same concept as doing the laundry
when it comes to the science of how plastic gets into the water.
Microscopic bits of plastic release into the greywater from
washing the dishes either by hand or by the dishwasher in the
same way plastic mixes with the laundry water.

#5: Bottle caps are a source of plastic contamination.
Another source of microplastics getting into your water is through
the polypropylene plastics that's used to make bottle caps. Every
time you screw that bottle of water you're releasing the tiny
particles and the bits are getting into your body.

#6: Municipal tap water supply.
Tap water has many unsavory ingredients, such as fluoride, lead,
mercury, arsenic and now you can add microplastics to the list.
Since the standard water treatment systems don't filter all the
microplastics, you need a stainless steel Big Berkey water filter
for your family.

Solution: Get a Berkey water filter
Microplastics are getting into the water and there's a solution!

The
Big Berkey Water Filtration System will help you purify water
for emergencies and for everyday health.There's a nice selection
of
Berkey Water filters and most systems are expandable and
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Go Berkey.
The Go Berkey is a one-person water filter that holds one quart of
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Travel Berkey.
The Travel Berkey holds 1.5 gallons of water and fits into
suitcase! It provides up to 60 gallons of water a day. Like the
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Big Berkey.
The Big Berkey is the water filter we most recommend for prepper
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Berkey Light.
The Berkey Light Clear View, pictured right, holds 2.75 gallons
and it's made of clear plastic, but it's made of a BPA-free plastic.
Remember, the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates found
in plastic are generally something to avoid. The Berkey Clear View
light is the exception.

While it's not our first choice in water filters, it certainly has
some benefits in that it's lightweight plastic and you can see the
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Happy endings...
Worried about bits of plastic in your water? You should be! The
bits of microplastic in your water is endangering your health
slowly and while we don't know the long term impact of the
problem, it's best to take an active stance.

The good news is that you'll be prepared for an emergency too
when you buy a Big Berkey gravity fed water filteration system.
The Big Berkey water filter can help you filter raw water sources,
so you and your family will never go thirsty in an emergency.

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Bits of Plastic in the water
Just another reason to own a Big Berkey

Bits of plastic in the water?
If you're drinking from the tap, then you're likely drinking tiny bits
of plastic in your water. If you're drinking commercially bottled
water, then there's an even greater likelihood that you're drinking
plastic microfibers in your water! Did you know more than 90% of
the popular brand of bottled water contains microplastics? See
the video below for proof and know what to do to avoid it...

Plastic in your water
Microplastic particles are contaminating the public water supply.
Earthday.org says that "
microplastics in 83% of tap water
samples from major cities around the world."

These tiny particles of plastic are even more problematic when
you consider that the microplastics harbor chemicals and
pathogens. You see, the microplastics attract bacteria
downstream of wastewater treatment plants ~ and it circulates
back into the water supply in a vicious cycle that affects the fish
and everything that drinks or lives in water.

Microplastics are invisible to the naked eye, but not to the body.
It's not just the tiny particles that are worrisome. You see,
microplastics absorb the toxic chemicals in water and then these
chemicals release into your body when you drink water with
microplastics.

The problem is that standard water treatment systems don't filter
all the microplastics. For your health, you need to take matters
into your own hands. The solution is a
Big Berkey Water filter.

Bits of plastic get into your water in many ways:

#1: Microplastics from plastic water bottles leach into
your bottled water.
There are bits of plastic in your plastic water bottles. Every time
you crunch a bottle of water, you're likey releasing some
microplastic into your drinking water. Independent studies show
bits of plastic in bottled water. Nestlé Pure Life bottles, for
example, are known to have high concentrations of microplastics.
A study found 10,000 plastic pieces of plastic per litre of water,
according the Guardian. They report that "
Of the 259 bottles
tested, only 17 were free of plastics."
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