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How Big is This Problem?
What are Synthetic materials?
Polyester, Nylon, Acrylic, Orlon (acrylic), Lycra (polyurethane), Terylene (polyester), Tactel (nylon) and Neoprene (synthetic rubber), Elastane fiber or Spandex, PVC, PU.
All synthetic materials are made out of plastic derived from fossil fuels. Fossil fuel is a carbon-intensive, non-renewable resource. Every year more than 70 million barrels of oil are used to make the world’s plastic fibre, which is now the most commonly used fibre in our clothing.
It takes over 200 years for synthetic fibres to biodegrade.
The unseen problem: Microplastic.
Every time a synthetic fabric is being washed, it releases tiny plastic bits - called microfibers or microplastic. The tiny plastic fibers flow down our drains, through water treatment plants, and out into our rivers, lakes and oceans by the Billions.
They act like little sponges, attracting and absorbing other toxic chemicals around them, like motor oil and pesticides. We end up drinking and eating them on a regular basis.
find more information:
How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply. (Via The Guardian)
Recycling nylon is good for the planet – so why don't more companies do it? (Via The Guardian)
Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the Planet? (Via The New York Times)
The New Plastics Economy — Rethinking the future of plastics (Via Plastic Ethics)
This is the environmental costs of fast fashion. (Via WeForum)
A new textiles Economy: redesigning fashion’s future. (Via Ellen Macarthur Foundation)
How you’re eating microplastic - and don’t even realise. (Via Independent)
Demand Rainforest-Free Fabrics: https://www.ran.org/fashion_laggards
Stop Microfiber Plastic Pollution: http://action.storyofstuff.org/sign/stop_microfiber_plastic_pollution/
Fashion Revolution Actions: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/about/get-involved/