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IWTO: The impact of textiles and washing methods in microfibre pollution

A major report on microplastics science confirms that microfibres are escaping waste-water treatment plants and ending up in the food chain. In fact, it is estimated that around 30% of all microplastics in marine environments come from synthetic clothing, with that figure expected to grow.
While the full extent of on the environment is yet to be fully understood, current research suggests that different textiles and washing methods contribute to the spread of microfibre pollution.
This helps demonstrate the eco-credentials of natural fibres, and is proof that wearing well-made clothes and washing them less helps reduce microfibre pollution.

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