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By now, you probably know that microplastics are everywhere. They’re in our oceans, the soil, rain, even our bodies. But how do they get there? A lot of microplastic pollution is the result of larger pieces of plastic trash in the environment breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces. Some of it comes from car tires grinding themselves into dust on hard asphalt roads. And as much as 35 percent of the microplastics in our oceans are the result of washing synthetic clothes.
For every load of laundry with synthetic materials such as nylon, polyester, and other materials, some nine-million plastic microfibers are washed down the drain. And given their small size, these fibers often make it through the filters of wastewater treatment plants to enter our waterways, and eventually, the ocean. That’s a pretty damning set of facts. Especially for those of us who live an active lifestyle, as we often rely on synthetic clothes like cozy fleeces, moisture-wicking t-shirts, and breathable joggers to get out there and stay comfortable while doing so.