A team at Plymouth University in the UK spent 12 months analysing what happened when a number of synthetic materials were washed at different temperatures in domestic washing machines, using different combinations of detergents, to quantify the microfibres shed.They found that acrylic was the worst offender, releasing nearly 730,000 tiny synthetic particles per wash, five times more than polyester-cotton blend fabric, and nearly 1.5 times as many as polyester
This is really rather shocking. I had no idea. I’m glad I don’t buy acrylic but still….
Did you know:
2. Acrylic fabrics are polycrylonitriles and may cause cancer, according to the EPA. Source: http://bodyecology.com/articles/top_6_fabrics_you_should_avoid_wearing.php
I believe it’s time someone got into the Fashion Industry’s face and using lobby techniques force them to stop using acrylic and nylon.
Ecologist Mark Browne knew he’d found something big when, after months of tediously examining sediment along shorelines around the world, he noticed something no one had predicted: fibers. Everywhere. They were tiny and synthetic and he was finding them in the greatest concentration near sewage outflows. In other words, they were coming from us.
In fact, 85% of the human-made material found on the shoreline were microfibers, and matched the types of material, such as nylon and acrylic, used in clothing.
Photo: Ecologist Mark Browne takes samples from the shoreline. His pioneering work on microfiber waste has received little support from clothing brands.