Reduce plastic microfibre pollution
Plastic microfibres come from clothing (and other fabric items) made of synthetic materials like polyester, acrylic, nylon, rayon, and spandex. Once they’re released into the environment (mainly as the result of machine washing and drying), they attract toxins and build up in the food web, causing harm to wildlife and humans.
Avoid adding synthetic fabrics to your wardrobe and home.
Change your washing habits to reduce the amount of microfibres released from your clothes.
⚬ Washing full loads of clothing;
Help others reduce microfibres by supporting systemic change
Amberoot (2018), Material Environmental Sustainability Ratings [ranking of fabrics based on pollution and water, land and energy use].
Belzagui, F., Buscio, V., Gutierrez-Bouzan, C., & Vilaseca, M. (March 01, 2021). Cigarette butts as a microfiber source with a microplastic level of concern. Science of the Total Environment, 762, 144165.
Kelly, M., Lant, N., Kurr, M., Burgess, J. G. (2019). Importance of Water-Volume on the Release of Microplastic Fibers from Laundry. Environmental Science and Technology, 52 (20), 11735–11744.
Ocean Diagnostics, Microplastic Citizen Science Pilot Project / Start a Project
Ocean Diagnostics, Picking up the pieces - The breakdown on microplastic pollution
Ocean Legacy Foundation, Ocean Plastics Educational Curriculum – What are microplastics?
Plastic Soup Foundation, Handbook for zero microplastics from textiles and laundry
Plastic Soup Foundation, Benchmark for plastic microfibre release
Stop! Micro Waste (2021); Ten for the Ocean – Washing Guide to prevent microfibre shedding