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Microplastics and why you should avoid them ?

Microplastic pollution in our oceans and shorelines, are consumed by fish and other marine life and making its way into the food chain with potential impact for human health.

85% of the microfibers discovered on shorelines are materials from synthetic clothing.
A synthetic garment can release up to 1900 microfibers when washed in a washing machine, and a 6kg wash load could release more than 700.000 microfibers !

Some of these fibers aren’t captured at the wastewater treatment facility due to their size and end up in our oceans.

Photo credits: Pia Riverola

Look at the etiquette and …

…AVOID !

Polyester

Nylon

Polyamide

Acrylic

Viscose

Rayon

Fleece

Microfleece 

Elastane

Spandex

Lycra

Acetate

Photo credits: Pia Riverola

Choose instead garments from 100% Natural Fibers :

Cotton

Flax

Hemp

Jute

Linen

Ramie

Sisal

Kenaf

Alpaca wool

Angora Wool

Cashmere

Mohair

Silk

Wool

Camel Hair

However some brands recycle synthetic fibers found in oceans and nature. Then make sure you use a guppy friend when washing. This will help retain microfibers and make your clothes last longer !

Photo Credits: Pia Riverola