A new study has found that people drinking bottled water are possibly consuming more than double the amount of microplastics than those who choose tap water. Now Doulton Water is reminding families who want to take action to protect themselves against ingesting microparticles that a water filter can help.

A recent study into the effect of plastic pollution on humans, led by Kieran Cox, found that people could be consuming as much as 39,000 to 52,000 plastic microparticles each year.

The study drew the findings from existing research and found evidence of plastic micro-particles in a number of food and drink products. These products included honey, beer, sugar and salt. The study then looked at how often these were consumed.

However, a startling finding from the study carried out by the University of Victoria and the Hakai Institute research centre, was how much the expected level of microplastic consumption increased when drinking bottled water.

Plastic micro-particles in bottled water

People who only drank tap water were found to be exposed to 4,000 plastic microparticles compared to 90,000 in people who only drank bottled water.

With little known about the effects of consuming microplastics on the body or tolerance levels, there is concern about what effect this could have. The consequences could be people taking action to cut their exposure to, and reliance on plastic in their day-to-day lives.

Doulton Water manufactures water filtration systems from its base in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, that remove microplastics from tap water down to 0.5 microns in size.

Control the quality of your water

People often ask, 'Can water filters remove microplastics?' Doulton's water filters use all-natural ceramic technology to remove up to 99.99% of common contaminants from drinking water, including microplastics. So, in simple terms, yes.

Marketing manager Yvonne Allen said: "Our health is too important to take chances with and taking steps to avoid consuming microplastics clearly makes sense. Doulton water filters allow people to drink water straight from the tap that is clean and that tastes as good as bottled water. Research into microplastics in drinking water has focused on particles sized 6.5 to 100 microns. Doulton Water Filters will remove plastic sized just 0.5 microns from drinking water making them ideal for families who want peace of mind in regard to what they are drinking.

"The findings are certainly alarming but as individuals, we can take action to protect ourselves as well as to cut down our single-use plastic waste footprint by choosing not to buy bottled water."

Doulton water filters is a global water filtration specialist that has been manufacturing ceramic water filters for nearly 200 years.

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Daniel Berko