Updated: Microplastics in Bottled Water – Scientists Announce the Discovery of a Mutant Enzyme That Eats Plastic Bottles!

ZeroWater jug removes micro plastics

ZeroWater Jugs remove 99% of all Micro Plastics from your water.  Don’t forget to read our previous article covering the subject of microplastics: What Are the Health Risks Associated With Plastic Fibers Found In Most Bottled Water? This article explains why plastic fibers or microplastic can now be found in most bottled water.

The media is full of news regarding the effects and consequences which are being discovered almost daily. Our planet and it’s inhabitants are all suffering due to the environment having to cope with billions of single-use plastic bottles, sachets, and bags.

Some good news, a new discovery has been made, an Enzyme that EATS plastic!

An international team of scientists has accidentally discovered an enzyme that can eat plastic!

This great discovery could change the course of our everyday lives. It means that for the first time ever we can now properly recycle plastic or single-use plastic bottles. Previously, only filtration with one of our ZeroWater water filter jugs could have resolved this growing issue for your family at home. Our ZeroWater jugs can reduce up to 99 % of all microplastics from any water it filters.

Some alarming facts about plastic in our biosphere.

The statistics on single-use plastic bottles are startling when you consider their impact on the environment. One million plastic bottles are sold every minute around the world. It takes at least 1,000 years for a plastic bottle to break down once it is in a landfill.

green planet with oceans polluted by plastic bottles

Worse yet, hundreds of millions of these bottles end up in our seas and oceans. This is where they pollute not just the water but everything in it. Tests have shown that fish that come from some of the most popular fishing spots in the world have consumed microscopic pieces of plastic or microplastics and fibers. When you eat these fish the plastic ends up in your gut. Needless to say, this should be of concern to all of us.

That is why the news about an enzyme discovered eating plastic bottles is such a welcome breakthrough. According to the scientists who discovered it. The breakdown process takes only a few days to start, as opposed to the 1,000 years that it takes for plastic to break down in nature.

We now need to scale up the production of this enzyme. With large volumes of the enzyme, a lot of the plastic that we have around us today can be broken down immediately. The enzyme breaks the plastic down into the original components that it is made out of, and these components can once more be moulded into new plastic bottles.

This means that it will be cheaper to create plastic bottles. They will no longer be the environmental menace that they are today.

What does this mean for you?

News about an enzyme discovered eating plastic bottles may tempt you into thinking that you can go back to drinking tap water. Many people should try to avoid it. This tap water could contain things such as plastic fibers and microplastics. This could not be further from the truth. The first reason is that we only just now discovered the enzyme. It will probably take years before it is widely available and during this time the level of microplastics in your water will only continue to rise. We, therefore, recommend buying one of our ZeroWater jugs.

You should also consider the fact that your water table already contains many microplastics, and scientists haven’t yet found a way to deal with those. If you drink tap water you will consume microplastics and over time it might affect your health. You should also think of all the other pollutants that are in your tap water. Studies have shown that water from taps all around the world contains contaminants such as Lead, Copper and more. The bottom line is that you shouldn’t take any risks with tap water.

So where does that leave you?

You don’t want to contribute to microplastic pollution, but you don’t want to take any risks with your tap water either. There is one simple solution and it has worked for many. You can buy a ZeroWater filter jug. These jugs come built in with a special filter that strips away all sorts of total dissolved solids including microplastics. All you need to do is fill your filter jug with water from your tap. The filter will make it pure and safe for drinking again.

The filter in every ZeroWater water filter jug has to be changed every few weeks. The duration depends on the size of the jug that you buy and how much water you filter on a daily basis, as well as how polluted it is. If you filter large quantities of water that has many contaminants you will need to change your filter more often. The great thing about ZeroWater water filter jugs, as well as the filters is that they are highly affordable.

You can see choose one of the many types of jugs we carry today on our website here.