New reports have connected several products on sale to an emerging but serious environmental threat of microfiber pollution. Synthetic textiles, such as gray jackets, are tiny plastic fibers in washing machines. These tad bits eventually make their way into ponds, lakes and gorgeous oceans, where they pose death threats to plants and animals.
- Synthetic textiles, such as fleece jackets, send tiny plastic fibers into wastewater after washing.
- These bits eventually make their way into rivers, lakes and our oceans, where they pose health threats to plants and animals.
- The Guppy Friend is the first device designed and marketed specifically to prevent microfiber pollution. Microfibers are tiny, so they can easily move through sewage treatment plants.
“Patagonia is interested in reducing microfiber pollution, based on the results of a study it commissioned at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2015. Researchers calculated the microfibers shed from Patagonia outerwear during laundry, and found that a single fleece jacket sheds as many as 250,000 synthetic fibers. Using sales numbers, the researchers extrapolated that about 100,000 jackets are in use worldwide each year, and washing them would produce enough plastic to make 11,900 grocery bags.”