Microplastics in Drinking Water

When plastic degrades, it doesn't just disappear. It sticks around for hundreds of years—breaking down into smaller versions of itself called microplastics. Those microplastics have become ubiquitous in the environment and have been detected in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. Test your knowledge of microplastics in drinking water below and hopefully, while you're at it, you can take away some tips about how to reduce your plastic consumption as well.
How much plastic does the average person living in North America or Western Europe use per year?
Plastic is very durable, but it eventually decomposes after a few years.
How long does a piece of plastic need to be for it to be considered a "microplastic?"
Microplastics can be divided into 2 categories. What are they?
What percentage of tap water in the United States has microplastics, according to a study by Orb Media?
People who drink exclusively from plastic water bottles ingest more microplastics than people who drink exclusively tap water.
How much plastic does the average person consume every week?
Americans throw away 35 billion plastic bottles every year. What percentage of those bottles are recycled?
Reverse osmosis filters and advanced carbon filtration can help filter out microplastics from tap water.

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