Synthetic microfibers released during clothes washing are quantified
What is it about?
This article newly reveals the abundance of synthetic microfibers that can be released from common clothing during ordinary household clothes washing.
Why is it important?
Microplastics are now understood to be important pollutants in marine and freshwater environments. Synthetic microfibers may be a very large component of microplastics. However, this area of concern is new. The publication reports a study that quantified microfibers released from what we all do: washing clothes. The report suggests an urgent need for more research into the origins, fates, and effects of synthetic microfibers in the environment.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr. Patricia A Holden