The Story of Microfibers
Posted by Peter MUIR
Did you know that many of the clothes we wear are actually made from plastic? Synthetic fabrics like polyester are used to make many clothing items, such as dress shirts, yoga pants, and fleeces. 60% of all clothing on earth is said to be made from synthetic materials. Some companies even use plastic bottles to produce clothing, which sounds great but may actually consume too much energy for this process to be considered “green”. Aside from this, perhaps a bigger issue is that when these clothes are washed, they release tiny plastic bits — called microfibers — that flow down our drains, through water treatment plants, and out into our rivers, lakes and oceans. There microfibres are polluting our waterways by the billions.
What could you do?
Be an advocate – get involved in spreading awareness about this issue. Perhaps join “The Story of stuff” organisation in their campaign, which “calls on clothing brands to: 1) publicly acknowledge the seriousness of the pollution threat that microfibers pose; 2) commit to investments of time and resources to investigate and test potential Solutions; and 3) share what they learn with each other and the public”.