The Occurrence of micro-plastic in drinking water and its possible health effects have to be investigated to the satisfaction of the world health organization (WHO) much more accurate. This applies to the distribution of these particles and also for the risks shared with the WHO on Wednesday in Geneva. “Based on the limited information available, micro-plastic seems to be in the drinking water at the current level no health risk”, the WHO expert Maria Neira. Other impurities of the water are from today’s point of view, much more important, said the WHO expert Bruce Gordon.

How does the micro-plastic into the drinking water?

It was, in any case, the expanding knowledge base and to find a way of stopping the growth of the global plastic waste mountain. “Micro-plastic is everywhere in the environment, also in the water cycle”, as stated in the WHO Report.

how do the micro-plastic in the drinking water originates in the Detail, is often unclear. Important sources of rain – or melting water and wastewater. Overall, the available studies are too fragmentary to determine the extent of these flows in more detail or the sources to capture even more accurately. “In addition, contamination can also happen in other processes such as the treatment, distribution and bottling.”

more and more plastic is produced

In the year of 2017 were in the world fall around 348 million tonnes of plastic, without taking into account the production of fibers, attached. This amount will double due to population growth, consumption and disposable behavior up to 2025 and by 2050, probably triple, estimates the WHO. The market was huge. In Europe alone, 60 were 000 companies with 1.5 million employees and a turnover of 355 billion euros, of plastic.

How to stop the plastic in the water?

With a professional cleaning, the waste water could be purified to 90 percent of the micro-plastics. The same is true for the treatment of drinking water, the WHO. The Problem is that a large part of the world’s population get up to date in the enjoyment of an adequate water and wastewater treatment.

Many questions remain still open

The call for more research, in particular, in the case of the possible effect of micro-plastic about 150 micro-meters is also the Environmental medicine Hanns Moshammer, of the Medical University of Vienna shares. “Healthy skin or mucous membrane is, in reality, a quite effective barrier against larger particles.” Research is necessary but for the Barrier of diseased skin or mucous membrane – for example after injury or during inflammation.

Recently, a team of researchers under the leadership of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI) had reported in Bremerhaven, that micro-plastic particles trickle in the snow from the air on the earth’s surface, even in the remote Arctic. The tiny particles are transported in the atmosphere and can be over long distances and distributed.

micro-plastic on daily meal plan

people take, according to Australian researchers daily micro-plastic to through food, drinking water, or by mere Breathing. Up to five grams of the tiny particles come in per week in the body – depending on the circumstances of life. A credit card weighs approximately five grams. The study is based on data on micro – plastic particles smaller than 5 mm in the breathing air, drinking water, salt, beer and shellfish.

people take per week in the global average, up to five grams of micro-plastic – equivalent to the weight of a credit card. This is a on a study by the University of Newcastle in Australia-based study commissioned by the WWF showed.

About 20 grams per month

The number of weekly of people ingested plastic particles is, therefore, up to 2000 – the equivalent of about 21 grams per month and a little more than 250 grams of plastic in a year. “Plastic waste not only polluted rivers and oceans and harm marine life, but is now found in the soil and in the air,” said the head of the sea protection of the WWF Germany, Heike Vesper.

“We can’t prevent, that we engage in a self plastic,” added Vesper. “Micro-plastic pollutes the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink.” It will currently have explored how the inclusion of plastic has an impact on human health. It was clear, however, that it was plastic pollution is a global Problem that affects the people directly.

plastic stop

It needs global agreement against plastic pollution with mandatory targets, said the WWF. Also, companies would have to be the extended responsibility for their products and the resulting waste in a better way. The main goal must be to avoid unnecessary plastic.

Since the year 2000, was produced according to the WWF, as much plastic as in all previous years. About a third of the plastic quantity is therefore uncontrolled in the environment. (SDA)

In German tap water, significantly less micro-plastic was discovered in mineral water, said Martin Wagner, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. It was assumed that sewage treatment plants remove the majority of the plastic particles. “The Problem here is, however, that the micro plastic is then in the sludge and in the environment, when sewage sludge is used for fertilization in agriculture.” About the health impact of micro-plastic one can make no General statements. (SDA)

What is micro is plastic?

As Microplastics, plastic particles with a Size smaller than five millimeters. It is often used as an additive in cosmetic products, but especially unintentionally by crushing, abrasion or decomposition of larger plastic parts in the environment.

Although you are allowed, and so far – ecological, but of concern to all plastics. The health consequences of the smallest plastic particles for the human body are not clear and also little. However, researchers at the Federal environment Agency (UBA) and the MedUni Vienna have become in finding micro plastic in the stool of all subjects find.

according to estimates, two to five percent of it enter into the sea, where the waste crushed by the sea animals is taken and the food chain in the people can get. In addition, it is very likely that the food substances during processing or by packaging with art – and thus also with the micro plastic come in contact with.


micro-plastic can constitute up to ten percent of a product: As a mechanical cleaning agent, for volume, or as a binder.

packaging read

micro-plastic is available as an ingredient on the package. For example, polyamide, polyethylene, polypropylene, Polyester, polyethylene terephthalate, or polyurethane.

product lists

There are Apps and product lists, from which you can take, where micro-plastic is admixed. Free Downloads for example, under

manufacturers comparison

The best manufacturer in the comparison of Greenpeace:

Beier village, Colgate-Palmo-live limited brand Henkel

The worst:

edge corrugated, Personal Care,Revlon, AmwayEstée Lauder