20 Oct '11, 2pm

Think Twice Before Composting Lint: New study shows running synthetic fabrics through the laundry may create pollution.

He found that this micro-plastic pollution primarily accumulates near cities, rather than being caught in ocean currents and carried around the world. He found that most of it is polyester (or at least most of what he could measure, since he acknowledges that it's likely certain types of plastic, like the scrubbing particles added to some cleaning agents and personal care products, would have escaped his detection methods). And he found that pollution levels spike outside of sewage outfalls. That led him to check a typical load of laundry, and he found that washing a fleece could produce nearly 2,000 micro-fibers of plastic pollution. (That fleece, incidentally, was made from recycled plastic bottles, which may give green consumers a new reason to pause in the clothing aisle.)

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