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Plastic particles in bottled water: An invisible risk?

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Plastic particles in bottled water: An invisible risk?

Water Pope – Plastic items in water bottles

Highly technical filters as a solution, an interview with Dr. Axel Meier, Berlin

The New York Times reports that bottled water can contain significant amounts of nanoplastic particles, posing potential health risks. A comprehensive investigation found that bottled water from various sources may contain microplastics (MPs) and other contaminants, raising concerns about potential health risks. Further analysis shows that the concentration of microplastics in bottled water can reach 4889 particles per liter in some cases, which could result in an annual ingestion of millions of particles. These particles, often smaller than a micrometer, could unnoticed affect our health by crossing barriers such as the blood-brain barrier and penetrating sensitive areas such as the placenta.

The invisible danger in the water

Studies indicate that water in plastic bottles with plastic caps is more contaminated than in glass bottles, highlighting the need for thorough investigation of the materials that come into contact with our drinking water.

Health Effects: What We Know

The long-term effects of micro- and nanoplastics on human health are not yet fully understood, and there is an urgent need for further research to quantify the potential risks and better understand the mechanisms of harm. The increasing presence of micro- and nanoplastics in our everyday lives requires a rethink and preventative measures to minimize exposure.

Chemicals in plastic: Another risk

In addition to the physical particles, chemicals contained in plastic such as bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates also pose health risks that affect hormone balance and are associated with various diseases. The full effects of many of these chemicals on human health are still unclear and require further study.

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Conclusion: conscious use of plastic

Research suggests that bottled water may contain significant amounts of micro- and nanoplastics, posing potential health risks. It is advisable to take preventative measures to minimize our exposure to microplastics and to treat plastic products critically. Choosing sustainable alternatives and living a more conscious lifestyle can help reduce our exposure to microplastics and protect the environment. Dr. Axel Meier, inventor of the “Water Pope” system, knows these challenges.

Water purification by the “Water Pope” system takes place in several stages, explained Dr. Meier. The first step involves using a string filter, also called a wrap filter, which efficiently removes contaminants. “These filters use a specially wound material that retains dirt particles and thus ensures the first stage of cleaning,” explained Dr. Meier.

The water then goes through a carbon filter that eliminates contaminants such as chlorine, organic chemicals and odors through adsorption. “The activated carbon is a key element of our system that effectively removes a wide range of pollutants from the water,” added Dr. Meier added.

The fine cleaning is carried out using reverse osmosis technology, which Dr. Meier called it the “gold standard” for water purification. This technology filters contaminants at the molecular level and ensures the highest water quality. For this purpose, a side stream membrane is used, which ensures the highest possible level of quality and reduces wastewater.

Dr. explained the follow-up treatment of the water. Meier the role of pre-mineralization and the activated carbon layer. “After reverse osmosis, we specifically add minerals to the water and run it through another layer of activated carbon to further improve taste and quality,” said Dr. Meier.

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Interview partner:

Dr. Axel Meier has been a doctor since 1990 and was significantly involved in the development of fermented soft drinks.


Dr. Rainer Schreiber

Lecturer in adult education & personnel consultant

About the author:

HR consultant and honorary lecturer Dr. Rainer Schreiber, studied economics with a focus on financing, controlling, human resources and training. He works in vocational adult education.

Welcome to Ferment Effect GmbH from Berlin, your gateway to a healthier and more vital lifestyle! Founded in 2023, we are proud to present our groundbreaking product MyLemmo and the Water Pope under the fascinating topic of Effective Microorganisms. Further information at:

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Brunnenstrasse 147
10115 Berlin
+49 (30) 7426666

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