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MICROFIBER POLLUTION & THE APPAREL INDUSTRY - Assessing the impacts of microfiber pollution in the environment

[brenmicroplastics.weebly.com] "Millions of metric tons of plastic are produced and discarded annually, much of which ends up accumulating in the marine environment. Multiple studies have shown widespread pollution on the surfaces of the oceans and within the water column, where small fragments and fibers are ingested by marine organisms. The...

Great Lakes teeming with tiny plastic fibers, scientists say

[chicagotribune.com] "Scientists who have reported that the Great Lakes are awash in tiny bits of plastic are raising new alarms about a little-noticed form of the debris turning up in sampling nets: synthetic fibers from garments, cleaning cloths and other consumer products.They are known as "microfibers" — exceedingly fine filaments...

How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply

[theguardian.com] "Synthetic microfibers are particularly dangerous because they have the potential to poison the food chain. The fibers’ size also allows them to be readily consumed by fish and other wildlife. These plastic fibers have the potential to bioaccumulate, concentrating toxins in the bodies of larger animals, higher up the...

Are We Eating Our Fleece Jackets? Microfibers Are Migrating Into Field And Food

[npr.org] "Peer-reviewed studies have shown that these synthetic microfibers — a type of plastic smaller than a millimeter in length and made up of various synthetic polymers — have popped up in table salt in China, in arctic waters and in fish caught off the coast of California. These tiny fibers make up 85...

The big fashion fight: can we remove all the toxic, invisible plastic from our clothes?

[theguardian.com] "And plastic clothing can be uniquely toxic, even while it is still in use or after it has been recycled. A 2016 study by the University of California at Santa Barbara found that, on average, polyester fleece jackets release 1.7 grams of plastic microfibres each time they go into the wash....