07 Dec '11, 5pm

Think twice before washing that jacket - fleece sheds tiny particles into the ocean via washing machines.

On Black Friday, outdoor retailer Patagonia took out a full-page ad in The New York Times asking readers to "buy less and to reflect before you spend a dime." Beside a photo of their iconic fleece jacket, the headline read: "Don't Buy This Jacket ." And, while their message about retail consumption undoubtedly made a splash, there may be yet another reason to take a pass on that cozy, modern outerware. Besides Patagonia's confession that the process of creating the R2® Jacket leaves behind "two-thirds of its weight in waste" on its way to their Reno warehouse -- it turns out that tossing the jacket in the washer causes it to leave behind something else entirely -- thousands of tiny plastic threads. According to a study published in November's Environmental Science and Technology , nearly 2,000 polyester fibers can shake loose from a single piece of clothing in the wash and...

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