How you can help in slowing one of the fastest-growing environmental issues

36.4 million

That’s how many microfibers one person doing one load of laundry once a week releases in a year. Yet, most people understand what microfibers are or the negative effects they have on people and the planet.

Microfibers trapped by Filtrol 160 (left) vs. Cora Ball (right)

Your Newest Nemesis

Synthetic threads roughly 1/100th the diameter of a strand of hair are called microfibers. These tiny pieces of polyester, nylon, and acrylic, make up 35% of all microplastic waste in the oceans (Henry et al. 1). Their use has exploded over the last 20 years with the rise in fast fashion because they allow retailers to produce cheaper clothes…

Playing a Part in Degrading our Home

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I pollute.

Above is a two-word sentence that I ran from for an embarrassingly long amount of time. As an environmentalist, it is difficult to accept the fact that I, too, leave the natural world worse off than I find it. It is true that corporations are responsible for the majority of anthropogenic pollution, but such a statement allows individuals to disassociate from the negative effects that their actions have on the planet. Earlier this year, I realized that I blamed environmental degradation on large companies to relieve myself of the guilt I felt for not living waste-free.

This emotional…

How Cheap Textiles are Compromising the Health of Our Planet

Microfibers escaping filtration (

By now, we are all aware of the impending doom that is human-induced climate change, but did you know that washing your clothes might be your worst environmental transgression? Doing one load of laundry can release 700,000 microscopic-sized pieces of plastic, sending them down the drain to pollute our municipal water supplies and our oceans (Tobin 11). These are usually polyester, nylon, and acrylic, and their use has exploded over the last 20 years. Following a trend known as fast fashion, some clothing companies went from designing and manufacturing one collection per season to one per week (Stanton 7). With…

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