Microplastics Water Test
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Microplastics Water Test

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This test kit is right for you if you’re interested in knowing the concentration of microplastics in your drinking water, without needing to know the plastic-types. Utilizing a combination of optical microscopy, Nile red staining, and polarized light microscopy, your laboratory results will include detection of microplastic concentrations down to 1 micron. Specific information about plastic type is not included in this test. For polymer identification see the Advanced Microplastics Water Test.

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Note: Methods for microplastics analysis are still developing and currently have many limitations. This test combines optical microscopy with Nile red staining and polarized light microscopy to get a higher accuracy count of microplastics than using any one method alone. Please note that relatively clean water samples, like drinking water, generally have very low concentrations of microplastics that are difficult to measure due to current methodological limitations. In addition, the smallest sizes of microplastics are typically the most difficult to detect but they are the most abundant.

For these reasons, this test should be viewed more as a screening test that is most effective at identifying larger particle sizes, rather than a definitive measure of all microplastics concentrations.

This Mail-to-Lab Kit Includes: All materials needed for sample collection, easy-to-follow instructions, chain of custody documentation, and a prepaid return label for seamless shipping to an accredited lab.

Lab Report: Reported results will include detailed analysis of microplastic particles between 1 micron (um) and 5 mm in size. Reporting will show the total concentration of microplastics at different size categories.

Important: This test kit is designed for drinking water (tap or bottled water) only and cannot be used to analyze marine or surface water.

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This is the right test if you:

  • Specifically interested in microplastics concentration.
  • Interested in concentration of microplastics, without a need to know the plastic-types.

What’s inside your testing kit?

Sampling Instructions

Every test comes with step by step instructions on how to prepare your water source, collect your water sample, and prepare your sample for return shipment to our labs.

Collection Bottles

Your kit includes all the bottles, tubes or vials necessary to collect your water sample. For most kits, however, there is only one collection bottle needed.

Sample Information Card

Your kit includes a postcard that asks for a few details about how and where you collected your sample (i.e. kitchen faucet). Just fill it out, drop it in the return box, and we'll do the rest.

Prepaid Shipping Label

Shipping is always on us. This package includes a prepaid priority shipping label to the lab. Just stick the provided label on the outside of the box and drop it in the mail.

Return Container (If Applicable)

Some of our tests require your water sample to be cold when it reaches our labs. If this applies to your test, the proper refrigeration items will be included.

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