Microplastic: Global environmental problem

Microplastic detected in tap water!

83 % of all tap water samples have traces of microplastic. The USA had the highest contamination rate at 94 %, followed closely by Lebanon and India. The European nations, including Great Britain, Germany and France, had the lowest contamination rates (72 %). In 500 ml samples of tap water were found 4.8 particles in the USA and 1.9 particles in Europe [1].

The consequences are serious, for example bioaccumulation occurs, organisms die due to tangling or swallowing of plastics, and due to the high specific surface area, and there are accumulations of pollutants (polychlorinated biphenyls, polyaromatic hydrocarbons) on microplastics [2]. The Guardian study has shown that microplastic is a global problem and solutions have to be found.

Wasser 3.0 has developed a process which can sustainably remove microparticles in sewage treatment plants [3]. Particle growth is used to capture microplastics, regardless of their type, size and quantity and can be separated effectively and economically using existing technology (grease and sand trap, etc.) [4].

Not to eat – This is created during the washing process for all textiles!
Fig.: Not to eat – This is created during the washing process for all textiles!

Sources

[1] Plastic fibers found in tap water around the world, study reveals, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/06/plastic-fibres-found-tap-water-around-world-study-reveals?utm_campaign=Facebook&utm_source=Link&utm_medium=AMS, Eingesehen am 07.09.2017.

[2] A.F. Herbort, M.T. Sturm, C. Hiller, K. Schuhen, Nano- und Mikroplastik – Braucht es eine komplizierte Einzelstoffdetektion bei der Gewässeranalytik? Umdenken mit dem Wasser 3.0 – PEI?!, GIT Labor-Fachzeitschrift (03/2017).

[3] A.F. Herbort, K. Schuhen, Mikroplastik in kommunalen Kläranlagen nachhaltig entfernen, Laborpraxis Vogel, 6/2017.

[4] A.F. Herbort, K. Schuhen, Wasser 3.0 - Von der Idee zum Konzept in die Realität - Neues Verfahren zur Spurenstoffentfernung, 2017, https://youtu.be/xelfQxbWCzo, zuletzt geprüft am 11.08.17.

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