Earth Day 2019: How to Dress for Good.

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What You Can Do Right Now. 

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Write brands you like and your local government telling them to regulate the production of synthetic materials.

Use these templates to write or email them.

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Don’t buy a brand, buy a material that biodegrades:

Tencel, eco-viscose, linen, hemp, organic cotton, (recycled) wool, silk, or vegan leather made out of mushrooms, corn, apples or cork.

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Use a special bag when doing laundry.

GuppiFriend bag catches the microplastic fibres before they are released into our waters.

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Write or email washing machines manufacturers asking them to incorporate microplastic fibre filters in their products.

Use this template to write or email them.

Get the Bubble People on your phone or computer.

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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.

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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.

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