27 Jun '16, 7pm

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is mucking up the oceans, the outdoor-apparel retailer admitted last week. A study commissioned by the Ventura, Calif.—based firm found that its polyester jackets can shed up to 250,000 synthetic fibers , or about 1.7 grams of plastic, in a single wash. Less than 5 millimeters in length, these so-called “microfibers,” according to researchers at University of California Santa Barbara , slip past washing-machine and wastewater-treatment filters and into rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. As many as 35 percent can end up in oceans and beaches, or in the bellies of seabirds and other animals, who mistake them for kibble. They might even be in your sea salt. It’s a problem that’s unlikely to go away any time soon: One industry group expects polyester production to exceed 84 million metric tons by 2025. Despite the growing demand for synthetic textiles, however, the impact of micro...

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