The Guardian calls it the ‘the biggest environmental problem you’ve never heard of’. A study from the University of California in Santa Barbara reveals that a city the size of Berlin releases a wash-related volume of microfibers equivalent to 500.000 plastic bags – every single day! Microplastic particles are found in more than 600 fish species – including plankton, a cornerstone of the marine eco system. The tiny plastic pieces are found in the ice of the arctic and the remotest parts of the deep sea. They are proven in our daily food: honey, water, salt, beer and they are found in our bodies. While the negative impact of our behavior to our well-being is still not scientifically proven, indications are overwhelming that we not only harm nature, but also threaten our health.
Microfibers released from washing harm the environment. With each wash, countless plastic fibers from synthetic textiles are making their way from washing machines into rivers and oceans. Once in the environment, the microfibers concentrate pervasive bacteria and pollutants. They are consumed by aquatic organisms, which can result in gastrointestinal infections and blockages, reproductive problems, and starvation – problems that ultimately work their way up the food chain.