Thousands of tiny plastic particles can be released every time we wash synthetic clothing, he explained. While all clothing items including cotton and wool shed microfibers, natural fibers biodegrade, and synthetic particles do not. They attract and absorb toxins while traveling through the waterways, and when the particles are accidentally eaten by small aquatic organisms, the toxins enter the food chain.
What can you do to help?
- Don’t buy products with microbeads. Here is a list of products to avoid.
- Wash your fleece and other synthetic items less.
- Consider buying a filter for your washing machine.
- Use less plastic, starting with cloth grocery bags. It’s simple supply and demand.
- Support a microbead ban in your state.
- Talk to your friends and family; informed citizens make better decisions.
- Join the ASC Microplastics Project.