Every time we wash our clothes hundreds of thousands of microscopic plastic fibers are released into the wastewater. Because washing machines don't have filters to catch them, all these small plastic particles end up in wastewater and travel down the drain. They pollute the environment, harm ecosystems, and end up in our food and drinking water.
With each load of laundry, tens of thousands of microscopic pollutants are flushed from the washing machine’s wastewater and into septic and sewage systems. Eventually, it makes its way into drain fields, freshwater sources, wildlife, and our food.
With each load of laundry, we wash thousands of particles into our wastewater … into streams, lakes, and rivers … into our food and drinking water.
When your laundry’s wastewater leaves your home, it carries with it micro-particles, synthetic fibers, plastics, and other pollutants. These plug up your septic and eventually cause costly damage to the septic system at your home, cabin, resort, or business.
According to 4Ocean: Polyester, nylon, and other synthetic fibers are made from plastic and account for about 60% of all the clothing sold worldwide. Unlike your dryer, most washing machines don’t have filters to catch the tiny plastic fibers these materials shed. In fact, microfibers are so small that they can pass through filters in most water treatment centers and enter the ocean in wastewater discharges. If they are captured by a filter, they often enter the environment in another sewage byproduct: fertilizer.
Avoid synthetic these fiber clothings polyester , acrylic, nylon, rayon, acetate, and spandex
these garments shed plastic microfibers when washed, considered the largest contributor to watershed marine plastic pollution in deviled countries.
Choose more clothes made from natural fibers such as cotton, wool, or linen.
Take good care of your clothes: mend them, and buy new clothes less often. Researchers found that new clothing sheds more fibers than older.
Wash your clothes at lower temperatures, and only when really necessary.
Always make sure to only run full loads.
Avoid synthetic fabrics for this reason and choose GOTS Certified. My favorite brands are here
Organic clothes GOTS (global organic textile) certified clothing are made without pesticides, insecticides, herbasides, and no toxic dyes that end up absorbed by your skin, or end up in rivers are not allowed during any phases of the production. They also check water waste, soil preservation, animal and worker's right are preserved.
Here they are filters to reduce and catch plastic from your clothing during a laundry wash.
To be completely eco-responsible and friendly remember to pick an organic laundry detergents
💙Yayyy! Legislation has been proposed for a new label in the apparel industry, which would help protect marine life!
If passed in California, a new label will require disclosing when a garment is made of 50% or more from synthetic fibers!
This new proposed law targets plastic micro fibers shed from clothing made with synthetic fabrics.
California State Assemblyman Richard Bloom says, “...synthetic fibers are, by count, the single largest contributor to watershed plastic pollution in developed countries and account for a significant portion of plastic waste entering the ocean.” It is suggested the label read, “This garment sheds plastic microfibers when washed, which contributes to marine plastic pollution.” If the governor signs it, the law would take effect January 1, 2020.
A study found about one quarter of the fish sampled in a California market contained plastic!! This is fish that will end up on someone’s plate.
What can we do until then?
Avoid synthetic materials such as: polyester, acrylic, nylon, rayon, acetate, and spandex. Choose instead GOTS certified material such as cotton, linen, wools, silk, and eco-friendly bamboo, hemps, and ramie (flowering plant). There are so many options now for eco-friendly, beautiful apparel. The choice is up to you!💙