19 Feb '18, 12pm
Report outlines airborne textile microfibre problem
Published on Monday, 19 February 2018 Report outlines airborne textile microfibre problem Written by Tom Hinchcliffe Details Tweet PARIS – A newly published scientific review claims that breathing in both synthetic and natural ‘fibrous microplastics’ derived from textiles could be having a significant detrimental impact on human health. According to a newly published literature review, when inhaled, these microscopic fibres are bio-persistent and extremely durable in physiological fluid, with no dissolution or changes to surface area after long exposures. Scientists at the Université Paris-Est, and Kings College London, which undertook the study, call for greater collaboration between environmental, epidemiological and air quality communities, a focus on the length and diameter of these micro-fibres and how humans are exposed to these materials .