09 Feb '12, 3pm

When You Wash Your Clothes, You Release Microplastic Fibers Into the Oceans

When You Wash Your Clothes, You Release Microplastic Fibers Into the Oceans

Washing clothes seems to be the main source of all those fibers, and while it's not quite clear yet what their impact is on marine life and on those who get their food from the oceans (some of this plastic might be pretty stable and inert, but some other might be dangerous), it would be a good precaution for water treatment plants to add ways to filter this microplastic pollution out of what they release back into the environment. It's also not a problem that happens with clothes made from natural fibers (cotton, rayon which is made from cellulose, etc), though cotton causes other problems because of how much water and pesticides is used to make it grow...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/microplastic...

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