Pure H2O Co. Purifiers Remove Plastic Fibres Found in UK Tap Water

Recent news reports about plastic fibres contaminating UK tap water needn’t concern Pure H2O customers, as all models of the company’s purifiers completely remove plastic particles. 

Researchers recently found that billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles.(1) Whilst the UK has amongst the lowest levels of plastic contamination, 72% of samples of UK tap water have been found to contain plastic fibres. 

“We’ve known about this problem for over 20 years and have developed water treatment systems which, using the Reverse Osmosis process, remove 100% of plastic particles from tap water”, says Pure H2O Co. M.D. Roger Wiltshire.

In fact, the Reverse Osmosis process is the only suitable method of reducing these contaminants.

Dr Anne Marie Mahon at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, who conducted the research, says: “We don’t know what the [health] impact is and for that reason we should follow the precautionary principle…”.(2)

As if ingesting plastic fibres was not bad enough, research on wild animals has shown that micro plastics attract bacteria and absorb toxic chemicals which are then released into the body once ingested.

Water treatment plants clearly aren’t capable of removing plastic fibres, let alone micro plastics. Bottled water is not the solution – samples tested in the US also showed plastic contamination. Added to which, the manufacture, distribution and disposal of plastic bottled water is highly damaging to the environment.

Whilst experts call for urgent research on the health implications of plastic water contamination, you can take action today to protect your and your family’s health. Install a Pure H2O tap water purifier; any of our 3 models remove 100% of plastic particles along with all the other contaminants and impurities found in tap water including petrochemical derivatives, hormones, medications and pesticides.

Call us on 01483 617 000 to enquire about installation, pricing and our rental option. We would be happy to advise you on safeguarding your health through pure water. You can also email customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk or visit our website for further information: www.PureH2O.co.uk

References

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/06/plastic-fibres-found-tap-water-around-world-study-reveals

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Organic September: Pure H2O is the equivalent of organic food.

This month, The Soil Association is on a mission to spread the word about the many benefits of organic farming and food, with a call to Organic Your September.

For anyone looking to protect their health and promote environmental sustainability, wildlife biodiversity and animal welfare, organic food is the obvious choice: meat and dairy is free range and free from routine use of antibiotics, crops are grown with fewer pesticides and are never genetically modified. And, as Hugh Fernley Whittingstall points out: “it just tastes better”(1).

If you choose to eat organic, drinking pure water is the next logical step.  Tap water is full of the very chemicals, hormones and pesticides you seek to avoid with organic food, bottled water is hugely degrading to the environment.

By contrast, tap water purified with a Pure H2O Reverse Osmosis (RO) or Reverse Osmosis wth De-Ionisation (RODI) under-sink purifier is the safe, healthy and environmentally responsible choice of water, giving you unlimited quantities of up to 99.99% pure water.

We believe there are no acceptable levels of contaminants and impurities in the water you drink. That’s why we say that Pure H2O is the equivalent of organic food:

Pure H2O is free from pesticides, hormones and medications. Did you know that tap water contains all of these? Our purifiers remove them, so your health is never compromised by the water you drink, complimenting your efforts to nourish your body with organic food which is free from these unnecessary toxins.

Pure H2O is kinder to the environment. Plastic bottled water has been described as ‘one of the biggest marketing tricks of the century’(2); sold as better tasting or purer than tap water, it is in fact no better and is hugely detrimental to the environment. From the amount of water, oil, coal and gas required to produce the bottles, the CO2 footprint to transport them, the marine pollution and harm to marine life that occurs when they are discarded, plastic bottled water degrades and pollutes the environment.

Pure H2O is the complete replacement to plastic bottled water; it reduces your carbon footprint, prevents plastic pollution and helps you do your bit for environmental sustainability. What’s more, it is genuinely pure, and many people prefer the taste of Pure H2O when compared to tap water.

Pure H2O is water as nature intended; just as organic food is food as nature intended. Pure H2O is free from all the man-made impurities and contaminants which are found in tap water, including plastic fibres, petrochemical derivatives, and run-off from pesticide-heavy non-organic farming practices.

Pure H2O is trustworthy. Many people trust that organic farmers care about the environment, wildlife biodiversity, animal welfare and food quality. Sadly, UK tap water authorities cannot be trusted to produce safe, clean water – just think of the various ‘no drink’ or ‘boil’ orders issued in the UK each year, not to mention the ‘acceptable’ levels of contaminants and impurities allowed in tap water. And we know that the activities of bottled water companies degrade natural resources. By contrast, people trust The Pure H2O Co.’s purifiers to consistently produce safe, clean water and trust us to reduce our environmental impact and maximise the energy efficiency of our products wherever possible.

Remember, if you’re going to eat organic food, or choose natural cosmetics and toiletries to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, impurities and toxins, Pure H2O is the only choice of drinking water. 

Fortunately, it needn’t cost the earth. You can rent one of our tap water purifiers from around £1 a day (or buy outright). Call us on 01483 617 000 to discuss installation and we can answer any queries you might have, or visit www.PureH2O.co.uk to find out more.

And if you need some tips to Organic Your September, visit The Soil Association.

References

  1. Soil Association ‘Organic Your September’ https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/organic-september/ accessed 11.09.17
  2. Eco Magazine ‘How You Can Help Reduce Plastic Pollution’ 31.08.17 https://www.ecomagazine.com/currents/infograph-how-you-can-help-reduce-plastic-pollution accessed 11.09.17

Faecal Bacteria Found in Ice in UK Coffee Chains

Undercover investigators for BBC Watchdog found faecal bacteria in ice served at Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero. 

Faecal bacteria can cause diarrhoea if ingested, which is especially problematic for those with compromised immune systems.

Worse still, the presence of faecal bacteria indicates that other disease-causing pathogens may be present, as microbiologist Philip Tierno explains:

“Where there are fecal bacteria present it is an indicator that there could be other germs….  like Norovirus or hepatitis A or Salmonella”.(1)

How did this happen? Expert Rob Kingsley, explains:

“It is an indicator that somewhere there has been some kind of breakdown in hygiene or the source of the water used for this ice.” (2)

What can you do to protect yourself at home, and how can you ensure your workplace  is clean and safe?

  1. Remove bacteria at source. Our water purification systems remove the faecal bacteria present in tap water, so if you have one at home, your office or food/drink business, you are already removing it at source. If not, you can purchase or rent one now, from as little as £1 a day.
  1. Correct hand washing. Clean hands prevent the spread the bacteria, so follow the World Health Organisation’s procedure for correct hand washing. Click here to view. (3)

Starbucks predicts that 50% of its beverage sales will be cold drinks by 2021(4), so it’s especially important that food and drink businesses take all steps to protect their customers, staff and reputations from faecal contamination in ice, water and on surfaces.

We’d like to reassure our domestic and commercial customers that our water purification systems remove faecal bacteria at source (along with a myriad of other bacteria, organisms and contaminants), providing extra peace of mind. 

If you’d like advice on installing a Pure H2O tap water purifier at home, your office or hospitality venue, call us now on 01483 617 000 or visit our website www.PureH2O.co.uk We’d be delighted to advise you.

References:

1. ‘Reports of fecal bacteria in iced coffee at chains like Starbucks are a red flag for bigger problems, a scientist explains’ UK Business Insider 29.06.17 http://uk.businessinsider.com/feces-bacteria-coffee-iced-drinks-2017-6?r=US&IR=T accessed 30.06.17

2. ’Faecal bacteria found in ice from Costa, Caffè Nero and Starbucks’ Guardian 28.06.17  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/28/faecal-bacteria-found-ice-three-major-uk-chains-caffe-nero-starbucks-costa-coffee accessed 30.06.17

3. ‘Clean Care is Safer Care’ World Heath Organisation http://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/ accessed 30.06.17

4. ‘Starbucks Sees Future Sales Growth Fueled by Food, Cold Coffee Beverages’ CNBC http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/07/starbucks-sees-future-sales-growth-fueled-by-food-cold-coffee-beverages.html accessed 30.06.17

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Neonic Pesticides Now Found in Drinking Water

Neonicotinoids_textFor the first time since their introduction in the 1990s, neonicotinoids pesticides have been found in tap water in the USA, with water treatment plants varying in their ability to remove the toxic chemicals.(1)

A joint study by the University of Iowa and the US Geological Survey “found that neonics were widespread in water samples collected from 48 different rivers and streams in the US.”(2)

Introduced in the 90s, neonic pesticides were viewed as an advance to older pesticides because they are selectively lethal to insects and not other wildlife such as birds and mammals. However, we now know that these chemicals are linked to the large-scale and long-term decline in bee populations.(3)

Whilst relatively minute levels have been found in drinking water, we don’t yet know what impact this has on human health:

Whenever we have pesticides in the drinking water that is something that raises a flag no matter what type of concentration it is,” said Professor Gregory LeFevre.(2)

Neonic pesticdes have been widely used in the UK until 2013 when a moratorium was introduced due to concerns over bee populations, so we believe it is probable that findings on the presence of neonics in drinking water in the US are applicable to UK drinking water sources.

Added to known breaches of permitted levels of the slug pesticide metaldehyde in some UK drinking water sources, it is clear that tap water is not the healthiest or safest choice of drinking water.

Fortunately, the patented 4-stage filtration process used by our RODI tap water purifiers ensure you need never worry about contaminants such as neonic pesticides in drinking water. Typically fitted underneath your kitchen sink, our purifiers remove up to 99.99% of naturally occurring and man-made contaminants and impurities from drinking water including pesticides of any type, heavy metals, carcinogens, petrochemicals, hormones and medications.

Call us now on 01483 617 000 or visit www.PureH2O.co.uk to find out more.

References:

1. Klarich et al., Occurence of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Finished Drinking Water and fate during Drinking Water Treatment. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 2017, 4 (5), pp 168–173 Accessed 31.05.17 http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00081

2. McGrath, M: First Study Finds Neonic Pesticides in US Drinking Water, BBC News 05.04.17 Accessed 31.05.17 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39504487

3. McGrath, M Neonic Pesticide Link to Long-term Wild Bee Decline, BBC News 16.08.16 Accessed 31.05.17 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37089385

The Green Parent: pure water for children

Have you discovered The Green Parent magazine? The April / May issue explores foraging, shares 50 ways to get fresh air with young children, plus there are regular features on child-led learning, family life and the best natural products for children.

We’re so glad to be on page 12 of the current issue, explaining why we believe that there are no acceptable levels of contaminants in the water your children drink.

In 2013, the Guardian reported that levels of a toxic pesticide, more than 100 times the EU limit were present in a source of English drinking water. The discovery of record levels of Metaldehyde – slug poison – was reported by Natural England and the Environment Agency. This problem is not going to go away, because water utilities have no methods for removal.

In fact, tap water contains a myriad of impurities including chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals, hormones and medications. Bottled water is damaging to the environment and still contains impurities. Luckily, there is a solution to safe hydration – Pure H2O.

Our RODI (reverse osmosis with de-ionisation) tap water purifiers typically fit under your kitchen sink and designed specifically for treating UK tap water, they remove 99.99% of organic and inorganic impurities, ensuring a safe source of drinking water for your family.

It tastes pure, too so your children will more readily drink enough water.

As Renee Elliot, founder of Planet Organic says:

“Children absorb impurities at 10 x the rate of adults so it’s important they avoid toxins in food and water. I’ve been drinking Pure H2O for over 25 years and I wouldn’t give my children anything else; it’s the safest, most natural drinking water and has a great taste.”

Are you keen that your children avoid toxins and impurities? Do your children find tap water unpalatable? Pure H2O is the answer. Visit our website www.PureH2O.co.uk to find out more: or call us on 01483 617 000 we’d be happy to answer your questions and advise how we can help your family enjoy safe, pure water.

And visit The Green Parent online or pick up the latest edition, we’re sure that you’ll find it full of helpful and inspirational features.

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Eve Kalinik: Understanding Hydration with Pure H2O Co. Ltd

Here’s guest blogger, Eve Kalinik, on the importance of adequate hydration with pure water

Hydration, or the lack thereof, is something that I’m consistently reinforcing with my clients, many of us wonder why we have afternoon slumps, food cravings, headaches and sluggish digestions but often this can be a simple fact of not taking in enough water. When you think as we are almost 60% water and pretty much every cellular process is conducted in a water environment its no wonder we need to make sure that our bodies are well hydrated. This also contributes to supporting digestive processes & juices as well as transporting oxygen and vital nutrients in the blood and around the body. And a hydrated body also burns fat more efficiently. Fact.

As a general guide we need to take in around 2 litres per day but this should be increased if you are exercising or traveling. Whilst pure water is the obvious and most bio available source, hydration isn’t just about straight up h20. It is also important to eat plenty of water rich food based sources too. Cucumber, green leafy veg and strawberries are up there at around 90% water but generally most vegetables will contain good levels. Try not to get so fixated on having a certain amount of fluid per day but also ensure to have hydrating foods as part of your daily intake. Juices & smoothies are a great way to max this but making sure you are hitting your 8 portions of veggies per day will have an impact on your hydration levels too. When drinking water the key thing is to make sure that your water comes from a clean source, trying to avoid plastic bottles where possible as these contain hormone mimicking substances and other chemicals that can leach into the water itself. Repeated and long term exposure to these are not beneficial for our health so try to buy your water in glass bottles where you can. Investing in a home filtration unit is well worth the money, rather than wasting it on filter jugs that don’t get rid of a lot of the contaminants and general nasties. In my opinion the best filtration system uses a reverse osmosis process, like the pureh2o.co.uk systems, that also takes out hormones, since most regular filters won’t do this.

Here’s some more of my better hydrating tips…

WAKE & HYDRATE – start the day as soon as you wake up with a glass of water. The body will be pretty thirsty first thing so try to get into a routine with this. Warm water and lemon juice can be a nice twist and also stimulates digestive processes.

MAKE IT INTERESTING – add things like slices of lemon, mandolin sliced cucumber, fresh mint or fresh lime & pinch cayenne can make all the difference and certainly make your water look and taste more inspiring. Avoid the flavoured waters as these often contain high levels of sugar.

SIP THROUGHOUT THE DAY – don’t get to the end of the day and realise that you haven’t had enough and chug back in one go. We can over hydrate ourselves too so little and often is the key mantra here.

WINE NOT WATER – when it comes to meal times that is! Avoid drinking a lot of water when you are eating as this can dilute gastric juice secretion and impair breaking down food. A small glass of wine can assist this though.

HAVE A GOAL – buy a beautiful jug and have it on your desk at work or in the kitchen. That way you’ll be more inclined to drink regularly. A plastic bottle with its label peeling off isn’t the most appealing things and clients often tell me they don’t have time to go to the water machine so having this to hand will make it a lot easier. Check out BKR bottles that are chic and make you want to drink more.

HERBAL TEAS COUNT – in all their variety are another great and delicious way of increasing your intake. Coffee has a dehydrating effect so just stick to one organic freshly ground cup in the morning after breakfast.

Mineral Supplement Linked to Dementia

The Telegraph newspaper recently reported on a study which found an increased risk of dementia in women taking calcium supplements, who have previously had a stroke.

“Patients who had survived a stroke were  seven times more likely to go on to develop dementia if they took the daily supplement, say scientists at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.”

Reassuringly, organic calcium found in food is perfectly safe. As Eve Kalinik advised in her recent blog for us: Mythbusting: Osteoporosis, there are plenty of food sources of calcium, as well as lifestyle changes, that can be taken by women seeking to reduce their risk of osteoporosis.

We know from our Mythbusting blog series that inorganic minerals found in tap water and supplements do not support health, cannot be absorbed by the body, and are therefore unnecessary – and according to the study the Telegraph reported on – downright dangerous, in some cases.

Neither mineral supplements, nor tap water, nor ‘remineralised’ water is useful to our bodies. All the minerals we need as humans can only be derived from food; plants convert inorganic minerals to organic, which the human body is capabable of asbsorbing and putting to use to protect our health.

Check out the rest of our Mythbusting blog series to learn more about minerals and health (we also tackle that other common myth, alkalinity). And read the Telegraph article here.