No Product is impactless, but science should be the guide in choices to create the most benign and safe production practices to reduce emissions of synthetic (polyester/nylon) microfibres to a sustainable trajectory.

Clothing manufacturers currently have no incentive to address environmental concerns because clothing fibres, based on current pollution laws, as hazardous materials are scaled on the same level of food scraps.

The future of our environment does not bode well because the current professionals in the clothing industry have no scientific training or basic qualifications to address these concerns. Their emphasis is on marketing, which is fine for the business model of the industry, but is dangerous given the malignant affects their lack of oversight is having on the environment. Based on a study conducted in 2011, 60-85% of human-made non-biodegradable material found on shorelines consists of microfibres from synthetic clothing. The clothing industry’s refusal to deal with the problem is a major impediment in research and tangible solutions

These fibres are increasing in frequency in our environments, infiltrating the food chains of aquatic life, even making it into the seafood that people eat.

Mark Anthony Browne

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