Maternity Consignment a Sustainable Choice: Lower the Microplastics You Release into Your Local Waterways

Posted by Nancy Skuce on

While in the wash, Microplastics are released from our clothing and end up in our waterways, and eventually end up in the ocean.
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Polyester nylon, acrylic, spandex and other synthetic fibres are plastic based, and they are the fabrics responsible for the release of microplastics into our waterways.
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How can you make a difference?

  1. Thrift! Studies found that garments shed more when they are new.
  2. Choose clothing made of natural fabrics like cotton & silk.
  3. Buy pieces made of quality fabrics
  4. Buy garment bags designed to catch microplastics in the wash.

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While most of the articles read for this post agreed that all garments shed more when they are brand new, we did find conflicting evidence from a 2015 study done on polyester fleece which did not see a decrease in the fibres released over time.

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Read more about it:


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Read This before you fo Sales Shopping: the environmental cost of fast fashion

https://theconversation.com/read-this-before-you-go-sales-shopping-the-environmental-costs-of-fast-fashion-88373


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Quantifying shedding of synthetic fibres from textiles; a source of microplastics released into the environment.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5766707/


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More than ever, our clothes are made of plastic. Just washing them can pollute the oceans.

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/9/19/17800654/clothes-plastic-pollution-polyester-washing-machine
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An Update on Microfiber Pollution

https://www.patagonia.com/blog/2017/02/an-update-on-microfiber-pollution/

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Patagonia's New Study Finds Fleece Jackets Are a Serious Pollutant

https://www.outsideonline.com/2091876/patagonias-new-study-finds-fleece-jackets-are-serious-pollutant


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