IN THE NEWS: Single Clothes Wash May release 700,000 Microplastic Fibers

We’ve all seen the images of plastic bags, bottles, packaging and other large plastic items floating in our oceans. But increasingly, scientists are becoming more concerned about tiny plastics that enter our water every day.

Each cycle of a washing machine could release more than 700,000 microscopic plastic fibres into the environment, according to a study.

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.

Follow this link to see the full article from The Guardian.

Mark Harrison