Microfiber Pollution: The Numbers are In
Microfibers make up the majority of microplastic pollution. They come from the plastic-based fabrics that we use (like polyester and fleece) and hundreds of thousands of them can shed in your wash in a single use. And with an increase in awareness around the problems that are emerging from microfiber pollution, the problem is becoming more difficult to ignore. With each day that passes, with each new piece of fabric that is manufactured and then washed, the problem grows.
Check out some of these unsettling estimates about Microfiber Pollution:
Microfibers have been found in water, soil samples, plant life, and even the atmosphere. Since plastic is still a relatively new invention, the long-term affects of microfiber pollution can’t be entirely known at this point. Learn more about the research that’s been done to identify its impact on ecology within the Rochman Labs microfiber policy briefing: https://rochmanlab.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/microfiber-policy-brief-2019.pdf
Each year, it’s estimated that more than 2 million tons of microfiber plastics are released into the ocean. That’s 4.4 billion tons! Further, it’s estimated that 1.5 million trillion of microfiber is currently in the oceans. Read more at ScienceDirect.comhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0025326X19300451
While we don’t yet know the long-term impact of plastic pollution on humans, the impact on animal and marine life has been documented. Upon ingestion and absorption, the plastic can transfer to their tissue and cause gut impaction, hormone disruption, and liver damage. Read more at the Story of Stuff’s website. https://storyofstuff.org/uncategorized/the-story-of-microfibers-faqs/
We could go on and on. The facts are out there. The details are grim.
But that’s not the end of the story. There are movements happening across the globe to slow down the trends, to repair the damage that’s been done. At Filtrol, we’re honored to be part of the solution to put an end to this massive, microscopic problem. Find out more about who we are and what we’re doing, click here.