MICROFIBRES, THE THREADS OF PLASTIC POLLUTION : 04 Aug 2022
New Delhi: Synthetic clothing is a huge contributor to microfibre pollution, reports a new study titled “Dirty Laundry: Threads of Pollution – Microfibres” released today by an environmental group, Toxics Link. The new report, which has looked at global studies across the globe, highlights that 124 to 308 mg of microfibres is released per kg of washed fabric during washing, depending on the type of washed garment. The study has also reported that synthetic textiles add approximately 35 per cent to the global release of primary microplastics to the world’s oceans. Apparel made of synthetic materials like polyester, acrylic, nylon, and others consists of plastics and denote around 60 per cent of the clothing material globally. The study raises serious concern regarding microfiber pollution in India, especially as synthetic apparels are capturing substantial market shares in the country.