Dress For Success: How You Can Help Solve the Plastic Pollution Crisis in Our Ocean

Source: The TerraMar Project - May 9, 2017 in Featured, TMP

Dress For Success: How You Can Help Solve the Plastic Pollution Crisis in Our Ocean
Photo: Geoff Livingston/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

We see it in the news all the time: the oceans are drowning in plastic.

There are plastic bags and plastic rings, plastic straws and micro-beads. There are micro-plastics in all our seas, and it’s all everywhere.

So how can we stop this? What can we do differently to solve the problem?

One way is by paying attention to the clothing you buy. Scientists have found that our clothing can harm the marine environment in a few ways.

Some comfortable clothing such as yoga pants are made of plastic-based materials that release microfibers into the ocean when washed. These microfibers are being found in disturbing quantities in our world’s oceans. Discarded flip-flops on beaches are also contributing to the insurmountable amount of plastics in our coastal seas.

So what can you buy that doesn’t hurt the ocean?

Some organizations around the world are actually looking to solve this plastic pollution crisis by making clothing out of recycled plastics. For example, Adidas has created a line of shoes for World Oceans Day, by using recycled plastic and discarded fishing gears from the Maldives. And they look pretty good!

There are other companies such as Patagonia and Columbia who are dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of all their products. They even create wetsuits that are made of an alternative material to neoprene, which is more oil-based.

What you can do is pay attention to the materials that your clothing is made from, and when possible, opt for something made from a more sustainable material. Organic cottons and recycled polyesters are high quality materials that look just like any other product out there, except they come with much less of a cost to the natural environment. 

And don’t forget your flip-flops at the beach!

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