Nylon and polyester are common synthetic fabrics we wear, and apparently washing these synthetic fabrics releases a substantial amount of microplastic particles and pollutes our water. In honor of Earth Day today, I wanted to talk about microplastic pollution and ways to help minimize it!
So what is microplastic?
Microplastic is plastic debris leaked from large plastic items such as synthetic clothes, and microbeads from our face wash. While we haven’t confirmed any negative impact microplastic has on our body yet, studies have shown that microplastic is magnet for toxins and is harmful for fish’s reproductive and immune systems. So when we consume seafood that are contaminated with microplastic, will we experience the same health impact?
More reasons not to buy synthetic clothes.
I have clothes that are made with polyester, and they are generally more long lasting and functional. However, synthetic clothes are extremely hard to decompose in landfills, and they release microplastic everytime you wash them. It’s shown that microplastic already exist in our food chain, and we digest them everyday. It’s only a matter of time to tell what microplastic will do to our body.
Ways to minimize microplastic when you already have synthetic clothes!
Besides limiting our purchase of synthetic clothing, there are many other ways we can act on to help minimize microplastic pollution.
- Wash less! Microplastic only releases when you wash synthetic clothes in water. If you already wear synthetic pieces, wash them less often or wash them in a shorter duration.
- Wash in cold water. The release of microplastic lessens when you wash your clothes in colder temperature water.
- Do a bigger wash load at a time. It’s shown that the release of microplastic lessens when you wash more clothes per load!
- Get a GUPPYFRIEND washing bag. Available on Patagonia, these washing bags are meant to protect synthetic clothing and reduce their release of microplastic in water.
- Support sustainable fashion. Buy from sustainable fashion brands, and avoid fast fashion whenever possible. And if you don’t know where to find them, you can always stop by here to check my favorite sustainable fashion brands!
I hope you find this post informative! Happy Earth Day!