Bisphenol A or BPA is a micropollutant that can be found in almost everything. Take a look around; see that seemingly harmless soil? Or that credit card receipt? Oh, wait, look at that dental fillings in your teeth! All of those have BPA.
We also get to be exposed of this with our canned goods, and plastic food and drink containers. But what's probably really alarming is this also pollutes the water--your drinking water!
Why is it dangerous? Well, nothing much really, just the probability of having a range of health problems like cardiovascular disease and liver enzyme abnormalities. It has oestrogen-mimicking properties that affects one's endocrine system. Previous studies even showed how it affects the reproductive system and embryo's growth negatively.
Here are researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, however, to ease some of that anxiety I just built up. They've claimed to have a cheap and effective way of removing these nasty pollutants from our water.
“We’ve solved a billion-dollar research problem,” says study's author Terrence Collins. “This treatment can be done by anyone, anywhere, on any quantity of water.”
And their method was surprisingly easy: just put a group of catalysts called TAML activators then hydrogen peroxide to the water and wait for the "magic" to start. You just have to wait for 30 minutes and see those BPA clump up! Take that off and you just got rid of the 99% of BPA in your water. (So, better prepare this ahead if you're really thirsty.)
“You can treat tens of thousands of tonnes of water with 1 kilogram of the catalyst,” he says.
They even tested the treated water by growing yeast and zebrafish embryos in it. Of which they found no abnormalities linked with BPA exposure.
“If you think about what’s happening around the world, we’re concentrating people, resources, and the use of chemicals more than any other time in human history,” Bryan Brooks at Baylor University in Texas says. Hence, developing sustainable ways to make sure we get to have clean supplies, most especially our most basic needs, is essential.
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