Tiny Synthetic Fibers from Clothing Could Be the Biggest Source of Plastic in Our Oceans


Tiny Fibers from Clothing Could Be the Biggest Source of Plastic in Our Oceans


 

In 2011 ecologist Mark Browne released the results of a study about the discovery that tiny synthetic fibers, from clothing and textiles, could be the biggest source of plastic in our oceans.  You may be surprised that you didn't get the memo. That's because most clothing manufacturers don't want to address this issue nor do they want you to. 

The study has found that an alarmingly large amount of these plastic fibers are shed from our clothes and beddings, into our environment and water, during wear and laundering. These microplastic fibers, made from a number of toxic ingredients, find their way into our oceans and are eaten by micro organisms. This puts these toxins into our biosystem and food chain. 

At California Cloth Foundry; we are all about natural fibers and non-toxic manufacturing.  We keep the water and fibers clean and simple by allowing no petroleum-based fibers, such as nylon and polyesters in our fabrics. Our fibers are sustainably grown and source-validated from domestic growers and ranchers dedicated to cleaner water and soil.

To learn more about plastic microfibers, found in all five of our oceans, take a look at this article The Guardian published back in October.

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/oct/27/toxic-plastic-synthetic-microscopic-oceans-microbeads-microfibers-food-chain?CMP=share_btn_fb

also check out 5 gyres: http://5gyres.org/what_is_the_issue/the_problem/

Photograph: Marine Environmental Research Institute

Photograph: Marine Environmental Research Institute

 

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