Fashion, micro plastic and synthetic fabrics
For some time now we have heard about these terrible things called microplastic. Even though most of it ends in the oceans because of car tires – we can still do small adjustment to reduce the impact. And maybe you already quit the colorful kitchen cloth, or threw out the face scrub with the little microbeads. But did you know that a lot of microplastic comes from washing our clothes made of synthetic materials?
Most of us wear synthetic fabrics like polyester every day. Our dress shirts, yoga pants, fleeces, and even underwear are all increasingly made of synthetic materials – plastic, in fact.
But these synthetic fabrics have a dirty secret: when they are washed, they release tiny plastic strands called microfibers that flow down our drains, through water treatment plants, and out into the environment by the trillions. These synthetic fibers are forming a plastic smog that is choking our oceans. They are even showing up in our tap water
Last year, “The Story of Stuff Project” released The Story of Microfibers, revealing that one of the biggest and most pernicious contributors to aquatic plastic pollution is washing our everyday clothing. Despite a flurry of activity by some companies, most clothing brands have failed to respond aggressively to this growing threat. Instead, they’re trying to pass the buck by suggesting that we filter the water coming out of washing machines. But with 103 million washing machines in the U.S. alone, that’s not a realistic solution.
It is time companies take responsibility for the pollution their products cause. If you want to read more and try to help, look at “The story of stuff”