Its no secret that our quality in textiles has dwindled. Most of todays textiles/fabrics are produced with plastics. They are cheap, easy to manufacture, and can last a very long time. However, when these fabrics are washed, they release small bits of plastic that are about 5 millimeters or less in diameter. Our washing machine filters were not designed to filter and catch these plastics. They end up going down the drain and into our water systems. This has devastating effects on our marine life and overall ocean wellness.
"When we launder our clothes, some of the little microfibers will break off and go down the drain to the wastewater treatment facility and end up in our bodies of water," Sherri "Sam" Mason, a chemist with the State University of New York at Fredonia.
What can we do to prevent further damage?
For a sustainable future we will have to turn to plants for fabrics. Plant fibers are biodegradable, do not release micro plastics, and use less chemicals for developing textiles. Some examples of plant fabrics are:
- Organic Cotton
- Linen (made from flax)