Clean laundry, dirty ocean
When people think about marine litter, they mostly think about plastic bags or water bottles being blown into rivers and ending up in the ocean. Synthetic clothing, however, is a huge cause of plastic pollution in the ocean. More than one-third of all primary microplastics in our oceans come from synthetic clothing or other textiles.
Acrylic, polyester, and nylon are the biggest culprits. Every time we wash our clothes, millions of minute plastic particles drift away in the water. These microplastics are so small that they slip through the filters in wastewater treatment plants. They then enter rivers and oceans and find their way into shellfish and other fish; and yes, eventually, they get into our own bodies as well.
The problem of microplastics entering the environment cannot be solved in one go. This is why we are calling on all entities involved to take responsibility.
Do you want to contribute to the fight for a clean ocean as a consumer or company?