21 Oct '11, 7pm

How Washing Machines Are Adding to the Plastic Pollution Problem in Our Oceans

How Washing Machines Are Adding to the Plastic Pollution Problem in Our Oceans

Environmental Science and Technology /via Turns out that the plastic pollution problem in the world's oceans is not just a result of improper or irresponsible disposal of our waste : Some of the plastic collecting in the oceans is coming directly from our washing machines. A story in Environmental Science and Technology presents research showing that micrometer-size fragments of plastics have contaminated the shorelines at 18 sites around the world, from the poles to the equator, with greater levels of contamination in densely populated areas. The contamination is traced to "sewage contaminated by fibers from washing clothes," and the fibers are plastics used in clothing materials so many people wear every day: Acrylic, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyamide and polyester. More from Environmental Science and Technology : Experiments sampling wastewater from domestic washin...

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