By now you probably know that microplastics are everywhere. They are in our oceans, the soil, the rain, even our bodies. But how do they get there? Much of the microplastic pollution is the result of large pieces of plastic waste in the environment breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces. Some of it comes from car tires that crumble to dust on hard asphalt roads. And up to 35% of microplastics in our oceans are the result of washing synthetic clothes.
For every load of laundry containing synthetic materials such as nylon, polyester and other materials, some nine million plastic microfibers are washed down the drain. And given their small size, these fibers often pass through sewage treatment plant filters into our waterways, and eventually the ocean. That’s a pretty damning set of facts. Especially for those of us who lead active lifestyles, as we often rely on synthetic clothing like comfortable fleeces, moisture-wicking t-shirts and breathable joggers to get out and stay comfortable while on the go. doing.