The latest video from the makers of The Story of Stuff focuses on microfibres.
The use of synthetic fibres has been steadily increasing with two-thirds of new clothing now being made from synthetic fibres.
Microfibres in oceans and waterways are an increasing problem. A recent study found that when synthetic jackets are washed in a washing machine, they release an average of 1.7 grams of microfibres each wash. While waste water treatment plants capture many of the microfibres, up to 40% enter our waterways and oceans.
The following ABC Catalyst segment (18:52 mins) from March 2016 provides a good overview of microfibres and their impact on marine life.
The other things we have to do is get active in demanding legislative, policy and corporate changes. Here are a few groups working on plastic pollution and microfibres:
What will you do to help make a difference?
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