Plastic fibers found in over 80% of tap water samples from five continents

September 7, 2017 by  
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If you had a glass of water from the tap today, you likely ingested plastic. Orb Media conducted an investigation of plastic in our tap water over 10 months, and their results were shocking: over 80 percent of samples they collected – in places like the United States Capitol building or the shores of Uganda’s Lake Victoria – contained plastic fibers. The authors of the study say we’re living in the Plastic Age – and the contamination probably is not limited to our water. Orb Media and a researcher from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health scrutinized plastic fibers in our tap water for the report, titled Invisibles, for what Orb Media described as the “first public scientific study of its kind.” Microplastics contaminating our water come from a variety of sources, from synthetic clothes to tire dust to microbeads to plastic utensils. According to Orb Media, “We have produced more plastic in the last 10 years than in the entirety of the last century.” They said experts said plastics are probably in your food too – like baby formula, sauces, or craft beer. Related: Plankton Pundit video shows exact moment plastic enters the food chain The research authors tested tap water in the United States, Europe, Indonesia, India, Lebanon, Uganda, and Ecuador. The United States had the greatest amount of plastics in their water at 94 percent of samples; the researchers detected the fibers at the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, Congress buildings, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next greatest amounts of contamination. Europe had the least – but plastics were still found in 72 percent of samples there. It’s easy to blame waste management or sewage treatment systems. But one marine biology professor said designers have a role to play too. Associate Dean of Research at Plymouth University Richard Thompson told Orb Media, “Plastics are inherently recyclable . What’s preventing us from recycling I’d argue, is inadequate, inappropriate, or…lack of proper consideration on the design stage for what’s going to happen at the end of life.” Senior Research Associate at the University of New South Wales Mark Browne said, “It’s all of our fault.” + Invisibles Via Orb Media and The Guardian Lead image via Depositphotos , others via Pixabay and Wikimedia Commons

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Bottle Them Up!

October 12, 2015 by  
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A slice of lemon can bring new life to a boring glass of tap water when you’re out at a restaurant. Not only that, but lemon can benefit your health too. It’s a wonderful detoxifier than can aid in your digestion – a great side benefit when you…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

July 23, 2014 by  
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Our bodies are comprised of about 60 percent water, and to stay healthy, we need to drink 8-10 glasses of it a day —even more than that in summertime. But how safe is our drinking water ? From lead paint in older homes to an overabundance of chlorine in a municipal supply, there may be many toxins lurking in the water we consume every single day, and it’s scary to think that monitoring water quality has only been happening for a little over a century! Read on to see how water safety has evolved over the years, and how you can ensure that your own drinking supply is clean and healthy. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Angie’s List , clean water , clean water supply , drinking water , fertilizer , infographic , medications , Michael Schroeder , municipal water supply , pesticides , tap water , toxins , water issues , water safety , water testing , well , wells

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New Research Links Pesticides in Tap Water to Rise in Food Allergies

December 8, 2012 by  
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Image courtesy of Shutterstock Food allergies have become an increasing concern over recent years, especially for new parents. A study found that between 1997 and 2007, the rate of food allergies rose a full 18%, with Center for Disease Control reporting that 15 million people are now effected—and new research suggests that pesticides in tap water could be a contributing factor. The report, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology , found that dichlorophenol-containing pesticides used in water chlorination have a direct link to food allergies in the human body. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Annals of Allergy , Asthma and Immunology , center for disease control , childhood allergies , dichlorophenol , food allergies , Health , pesticides health , tap water , water chlorination

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999Bottles Reusable Water Bottle Keeps Track of the Disposable Bottles You Don’t Buy

May 1, 2012 by  
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999 Bottles is not just another water bottle – it’s a beautifully designed system that helps you track and visualize the positive impact you can have on the environment by drinking from reusable bottles instead of disposable ones. Artefact , the company that designed the 999 Bottles, is currently running a campaign on Kickstarter to fund the manufacturing of the bottle – donate today to support this great green project! + 999 Bottles + 999 Bottles Kickstarter + Artefact The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 999 bottles , 999bottles , drinking water , green design , green products , green water bottles , reusable water bottle , sustainable design , tap water , water issues

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Are Wisconsin Voters Willing To Take Their Chances At The Tap?

February 25, 2011 by  
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photo: mitwa17 / Creative Commons When money gets tight and voters feel especially uncertain about the future, legislators, wanting to look like they are doing something to help, may be tempted to halt the normal environmental rule-making steps.

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New York Fashion Week: 8 Hot Trends for Fall 2011 by Emerging Green Designers (Slideshow)

February 25, 2011 by  
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NOW Showcase Fall 2011, New York Fashion Week.

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