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Washing cycles releases microfiber into the atmosphere
- December 25, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
If you have always considered yourself an environmentalist and champion of natural purity all over the world, then you will certainly be interested in the latest research by an independent team of scientists from several US universities that have come close to the problem of excessive amounts of microplastics in waste and in nature as such. In particular, the study concerns the fact that the use of the so-called “delicate washing” mode, which is provided in most modern models of washing machines, can directly lead to an increase in the specific volume of microplastic in nature, since such a regime significantly increases their volume on washed clothes.
This potentially applies to absolutely any clothing made of acrylic, nylon or polyester, and also using these materials as secondary – microfiber plastic, remaining on clothes, continues to fall into ecological biomes, just like those microfiber that spills with washing water into the sewers, where they also find shelter in natural conditions.
Despite the fact that modern scientists cannot yet give an unambiguous assessment of environmental and medical safety regarding the impact of microplastics on nature and humans, many national governments and environmental organizations oppose microplastic dominance in cosmetics, food, and clothing, not to mention many other directions. That is why US scientists recommend abandoning the delicate washing regimen, at least not using it so often. Most likely, the study itself also concerns the consideration of some other aspects of washing, but so far the focus is on the delicate washing mode.
It is worth noting the fact that some individual studies on the effect of microplastics on nature and living things indirectly indicate that it is actually capable of causing harm – although there is still no definitive evidence for this. It remains only to wait for the subsequent results of the study, which will probably concern the correct selection of some third-party issues regarding the strengthening of environmental safety in this context.