Microplastics in textile industry

Let’s talk about micro-plastics in textile industry.

What are microplastics?

Microplastics are small pieces of plastic, less than 5 mm (0.2 inch) in length, that occur in the environment as a consequence of plastic pollution. (Brittanica.com)

Where do they come from?

Nowadays bout 60% of our clothing is made of plastic materials.

Every time we wash them, tiny particles of plastic are being washed into our water systems, ending up in rivers, lakes and oceans. These fibers are so small, the majority can pass through conventional filtration processes and make their way into the marine environment.

They can be ingested by all sorts of marine wildlife and accumulate in the food chain. The amount of plastic entering our oceans every day is about one garbage truck of plastic a minute.

Our oceans are turning into a big plastic soup.

Microplastics come off of our clothing not only during washing but also when subjected to friction or higher temperatures. For instance, while running or other intense sport activity.