Trap Invisible Threats Using Guppy Friend
Polyester, nylon, acrylic, and other plastic-based fibers.
Due to their versatility, cheapness, and performance functions, almost all fitness wear and clothes from fast fashion chains are made with these non-biodegradable micro-plastic fibers.
This is alarming, as it aggravates the not-yet-well-known-nor-understood issue of
global microplastic pollution.
"Every time we wash our clothes made with [these micro-plastic materials], they shed tiny, non-biodegradable fibers into the water, bypass wastewater treatments because of their minuscule size, and then enter our rivers, lakes, and oceans.
When ecologist Mark Broke, PhD, and his research team tossed clothes into a washing machine, they found that a garment can shed more than 1,900 micro-fibers per wash! [And] not to their surprise,
18 of the 18 beaches they tested around the world were contaminated by micro-plastics, the majority consisting of polyester and acrylic microfibers.
Unlike lint shed from natural fabrics, micro plastic fibers do not break down in nature and may end up being consumed by wild animals, ingested by the fish that may wind up on our dinner plates, or inhaled and ingested by people as dust. And, although the long-term effects of micro plastic contamination within natural environments are still being studied, they are known to release chemicals toxic to wildlife (i.e., BPA, phthalates, nonylphenol, etc.), which can then then enter our human diet." (Excerpt re-published with permission from Thrive).
From a selfless standpoint, as we consider the welfare of our wildlife, this screams ALERT.
And yet even from a selfish standpoint, only considering our own health, it still screams ALERT.
Can you imagine how difficult it would be to clean all of our natural bodies of water and terrains of these tiny micro-fibers!? The thought of that is mind-boggling to me. Scientists and environmentalists alike have similarly stressed the importance of urgently addressing this problem from its source.
But as always, merely lamenting on our frustrations will only keep us at ground zero. So What can we do to channel our concerns into positive impact?
Well, as conscious fashion consumers, we can help a great deal by taking a more preventative approach through minimizing the purchase of new clothes made with polyester, nylon, and acrylic in the first place.
And for all the micro-plastic based clothes we already own? Let me introduce you to GUPPY FRIEND, a laundry bag I discovered recently that can keep the majority of our tiny, invisible micro-plastics out from laundry wastewater, preventing them from going down the drain to begin with.
Photo used with permission by GUPPY FRIEND; Sustainable fashion log by Kaméa Chayne, Content Curator of Konscious Whispers and an author, speaker, Integrative Health Coach, and freelance creative. Follow her @KameaChayne and subscribe to KW to get a breath of fresh air delivered to your inbox once a month.