Micro plastic

Everyone talks about micro plastics, but what exactly is micro plastic?

Microplastic is defined as plastic particles smaller than 5 mm. However, such plastic particles can be as small as a few micrometers in diameter. Such particles are sometimes produced especially as abbrasives for peeling cremes. Although, more often they are remains of bigger plastic parts like plastic foils and tires. Plastics get brittle, if exposed to UV light, and break into smaller pieces at the smallest forces. Therefore, over time more and more microplastic is generated through old plastic waste.

Since there is very little in nature that can decompose plastics completely, it remains in the environment for a very long time. The problem is, that these particles are so small, that they can be transported nearly everywhere by water. Even standard active carbon filters alone are not able to retain most micro plastics, since they have relatively big pores and an undefined structure. However, the DrinkPure membrane with its pore size of less than 0.3 micrometer can filter out such micro plastic particles.

 

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