Article: Mikrofaser-Abrieb und Mikroplastik-Verschmutzung
Mikrofaser-Abrieb und Mikroplastik-Verschmutzung
At a time when protecting the environment and taking action on climate change are more important than ever, it is also important to talk about the less obvious sources of pollution. One such problem is the tiny fibers that shed from our clothes, adding to the pollution caused by tiny microfibers. Although it may not be directly noticed and seen, clothing choices can inadvertently worsen the environmental problem. In this blog we will talk about the problem of these tiny fibers and how they contribute to plastic pollution. We will also present three measures that you can implement yourself to reduce this problem.
Microfibers and microplastic pollution
Microfibers are tiny fibers (less than 5 millimeters) that are mostly released during washing, wearing and general use. This generally happens with all types of textile fibres, but the problem is greatest with non-degradable synthetics such as polyester, nylon and acrylic. Microfibers are so small that they easily pass through filtration systems in wastewater treatment plants and eventually make their way into rivers, oceans and even the food chain. When synthetic microfibers continue to break down, they become microplastics, posing a significant threat to aquatic ecosystems and marine life.
A worrying aspect is the fact that microplastic particles can absorb pollutants from their environment. This increases the pressure on aquatic ecosystems. The long-term consequences for marine life health and ecological stability are not fully understood, but could be serious.
The problem of microplastic pollution requires urgent action and reduction measures are essential. This includes the development of more environmentally friendly textile materials to reduce the origin of these particles. Rising awareness of this problem shows that both consumers and industry need to work together to find sustainable solutions. This is the only way to contain the spread of microplastics and protect our sensitive ecosystems.
What can we as consumers do?
As consumers, there are steps we can take to address this growing problem and do our part to reduce microfiber abrasion and microplastic pollution:
- Choose natural and sustainable fabrics that are more quickly biodegradable: Opt for clothing made from natural fibers such as organic cotton, wood-based fibers, wool, etc., as well as innovative functional fibers that are proven to be more quickly degradable. These materials tend to shed fewer microfibers and are more easily biodegradable, contributing significantly less to additional pollution.
- Use laundry bags with a microfiber filter: If you're washing synthetic clothes, laundry bags with a microfiber filter can help to catch microfibers during the washing process. These innovative solutions help prevent the release of microfibers into wastewater. While they don't capture all microfibers, they can significantly reduce their release.
- Wash with care: Adjust your washing habits to minimize microfiber shedding. Use the gentle cycle, lower water temperatures and shorter washing times. Avoid overloading the washing machine, as this can increase friction and fiber shedding.
The release of microfibers and the resulting microplastic pollution are pressing environmental issues that require awareness and action from all of us. Choosing sustainable fabrics, using special washing accessories, and adjusting washing practices are effective ways to mitigate the impact on consumers. As a responsible brand, we do everything we can to ensure that whenever possible we work with the highest quality materials that are less susceptible to microfiber abrasion and only work with materials that are more biodegradable should microfibers from our products end up in water and the environment.