Microplastics: From Clothing to Oceans

By: Katie Greiss

We often hear about microplastics - those teeny tiny (less than 5mm) pieces of plastic - that pollute the environment, but most of us don't connect them back to the clothes we wear. 

Environmental scientists have found that one of the biggest sources of microplastics in the ocean is from clothing and washing of synthetic fabrics like nylon, polyester, rayon, and spandex (yikes!).

These microplastics wreck havoc, impacting the survival of organisms at every level of marine life. Studies have found that 1 in 4 fish samples from the ocean contain microplastics, which -  you guessed it - means that they are in the seafood we eat.

So, what can we do to minimize this impact?

1. Buy clothes made of natural fibers as much as possible

2. Hand-wash garments instead of machine wash

3. Purchase high-quality clothing that is made to last

4. Wash your clothes in a full laundry load in cold water 

5. Use liquid detergent instead of powder

6. Use a microfiber collecting laundry bag to wash your clothes in and properly dispose of lost fibers.

Remember, every little action you take counts! Thanks for visiting and doing your part to support slow fashion and mindful, sustainable consumption.

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