Did you know you are contributing to marine pollution by washing your clothes?
What can you do?
Every year, Europeans do around 36 billion loads of washing and most of them contain synthetic clothes, releasing millions of non-degradable fibres into the waste water. Most of these fibres slip undetected through water treatment plants and out to the sea.
Who are the major culprits? Acrylic, nylon and polyester.
Eventually, fish mistake these fibres for plankton when they end up in the oceans and seas.
Around 65% of the shrimp in the North Sea contain synthetic fibres.
And, guess what? We are at the top of the food chain, so they end up in our plates.
With small changes in your washing habits, you can reduce the amount of fibres you shed: