..fleece (the fabric made from plastic) in clothes releases lots of tiny plastic particles that goes strait though the filters at the water treatment plant and back to the water we drink! There are many reason to choose natural fibers in your clothes and this is one of the bigger ones.
This is an article in swedish about polutions in our water:
Fleecetröja-allvarligt miljöhot i Östersjön
”Micro Plastics in the Baltic Sea is a bigger problem than has hitherto been thought. Treatment plants can not catch them. When you wash a fleece are 1900 small plastic particles into the rinse water.
Marine litter is a major environmental problem. One hundred million tons of garbage ends up in the ocean every year, and the most common is plastic. For the Baltic sea, the question has not been noticed before, but now come reports that plastic debris is a growing problem in the vulnerable sea.
In Sweden there is an average of 133 junk admitted per 100 meters, according Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation who have measured the occurrence. This corresponds to a garbage per step on a Baltic Sjöstrand. In Bohuslän Archipelago flowing more than 5,000 cubic meters of plastic ashore each year, and around the Baltic Sea can be seen more and more debris, reports the organization Kimo Baltic Sea. But the worst is sopbergen below sea level. The Pacific Ocean is one of the world’s largest garbage for plastic debris, is expected to be twice the size of the U.S. state of Texas.
The plastic that ends up in the oceans do great harm. Since the plastic never disappears completely, but only disintegrate into smaller particles, it is a very difficult debris. It takes, for example, 450 years for a pet bottle to degrade.
Now alert researchers that small plastic particles can be an even bigger problem than previously thought. It was, inter alia, on the Baltic days held recently on the topic of plastic pollution in the oceans. Micro Plastics are only 0.002 to 0.2 millimeters, and go straight through the treatment plant system without getting caught. They also can not pick up from the sea.
Micro Plastics will include industry, but also from household wastewater through cosmetics, paints and textile washing.
– Fleece Garments emit a lot of small plastic fragments. At each wash emits a fleece 1900 fragments, says Jan-Erik Bru
Plastic particles carrying harmful substances in the food chain of zooplankton, which in turn become weakened and indirectly affects other marine organisms. It may also be transmitted to humans.
To access problems, society must reduce the use of plastics, but also find a way to get the plants to trap particles, says Jan-Erik Bruun
In Åland has submitted a proposal to ban the use of plastic bags.”
This however is pure wool and pleasure :)