Thursday, July 6

Plastic clothes causing pollution

Plastic fibres and particles from polyester and acrylic clothes are washed into our water resources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40498292

Yet another reason for not buying clothes made from artificial fibres. I have avoided plastic clothes where possible (and not always successfully) for many years now (before this blog was started).

Plastic is designed to last for hundreds of years, unfortunately clothes and the plastic fibres that they are made are only designed to last for a relatively tiny amount of time. OK you might wear a pair of  polyester trowsers for a few years, but that is nothing compared to how low the material will last.

So if you have clothes that generally only last a few years, it makes sense that the materials used to make them should also bio-degrade not long after. Even if you don't think that does make sense, this new finding is just an additional or alternative reason for avoiding plastic as much as possible.


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