You know that non-iron dress shirt or sexy cocktail dress you love? It’s killing Mother Earth!
Last week, we learned we can’t drink white wine without getting cancer. Today, well, we find out that research says maybe if we really cared about the planet we’d go naked. Or maybe wear hemp or something wrinkly.
According to a story on Health News Florida from WSFU-FM, new research shows pollution in the Gulf of Mexico is coming straight from our closets. The culprit: polyester, nylon and acrylics that are washing out of household fabrics and into the ocean.
University of Florida scientist Maia McGuire, who is marshaling up this research told WSFU-FM, that scientists aren’t just concerned about styrofoam, plastic bags and K-cups anymore. Microscopic pieces of plastic are believed to be tiny fibers coming from clothing.
“Essentially they are from fabrics or other items that are made of little tiny threads of petroleum-based plastics. So when you think of fabric like polyester and nylon and acrylic,” she said.
These plastic microfibers are starting to show up in the stomachs of plankton, fish and oysters.
“That is something that a lot of people are trying to figure out. We know a lot of organisms, a lot of marine life are consuming these plastics,” McGuire said.
McGuire says the best way for consumers to limit pollution from plastic microfibers is to be more aware of their purchases, check the labels, and limit the use of plastic-based products.
So pick up an iron for goodness sakes!
To read the whole Health News Florida article click here.