How To Make Your Clothing Ocean Safe – Reducing Microplastic Pollution

Source: EcoWatch/Olivia Rosane 

Photo: Felipe Elioenay/Unsplash

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As Fashion Week kicks off in New York City Thursday, it’s a good time to think about the impact that our clothing has on the environment.

In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the problem of microplastics, which enter rivers and oceans, accumulate toxins and work their way up the marine food chain from small fish to us.

One important source of microplastic pollution are plastic microfibers that rub off of synthetic fabrics like polyester in the washing machine and are too small for water treatment plants to block, according to a helpful video explaining the problem from The Story of Stuff Project.

There are about 1.4 million trillion of these fibers in the ocean so far, which is about 200 million per person, The Story of Stuff Project said.

While it has been raising awareness about the issue for the last five years, The Story of Stuff Project said that the clothing industry overall has been dragging its feet to acknowledge the problem, let alone tackle it.

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Photo: Felipe Elioenay/Unsplash

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