In response to recent customers concerns and increased website traffic over a recent article by"The Guardian" over the report on micro plastic in our environment, oceans, rivers and also our tap water as some major cities desalinate ocean water into our drinking water (Melbourne), along with the obvious environmental leaching. This report found that the micro plastic particles can also carry pathogens and have a reported size of approx 2.5 micron as scientist world wide test results have revealed. To assure the safety and effectiveness of the Black Berkey® Purification Elements to remove these micro particles is found in the extensive testing of many independent laboratories that exceed the NSF 42 & 53 standard. The Black Berkey® Purification Elements test results prove a Log 4 (99.99%) Log 5 (99.999%) Log 6 (99.9999%) and Log 9 (99.9999999%), the micro pores of theBlack Berkey® Purification Elements are reported as small as0.1 micron which far exceeds as the solution to deal with this problem and maintain the safety of your drinking water. The Black Berkey® Purification Elements exceeds the filtration class and are classified as a Purifier. More information is available on the product pages Filter Spec Tabs along with multiple in-depth PDF lab reports. You can also read about Black Berkey® Purification Elementsmicron rating here.
"We hope this helps with your due diligence when choosing a water purifier for your home"
But further to this advice of how Berkey can deal with micro plastic, one may ask what can we do about plastic bags?
After reading this article it is but a disappointing future with what could seem a futile attempt to deal with a serious problem, it would seem that a worldwide mind shift and individual responsibility is the only answer, who then can awaken this level of consciousness on a worldwide scale?
This article may help identify our future in plastic; click here
Below is an official extract by NMCL manufacturers of Berkey received today 28.09.17
Do the Black Berkey® Purification Elements remove plastic fibers from the water?
Plastic Fibers, also known as Microplastics, are small plastic pieces that can enter and contaminate drinking water. Scientists are studying the exact pathways that allow microplastics to enter into the drinking water supply. Anextensive investigationon microplastics in water found that theseanalyses caught particles of more than 2.5 microns in size,”2.5 microns would be 2.5 micrometers.
A “micron” is an abbreviated term for “micrometer”, or a millionth of a meter (1/1,000,000 meters). This is about .00004 inches. For Size comparison, a human red blood cell is about 5 microns across. A human hair is about 75 microns across (depending on the person).” **
Working down to a smaller scale 2.5 microns would be 2,500 nanometers.
24-26 nanometers is .024 to .026 microns…in other words, much smaller than the plastic particles being found in water.
The fact that Black Berkey® purification elements have been tested to remove viruses to the nanometer range suggests that contaminants much larger in size, such as plastic fibers should also be removed. Nonetheless, since actual testing of plastic fibers has not yet been conducted, NMCL can’t officially make that claim.