The Dark Side of Fleece
Lint from fleece and other synthetic fibers is getting washed down the drain and entering aquatic ecosystems. Washing your fleece and other favorite synthetic fabrics releases lint, which is no surprise to anyone who’s ever cleaned their dryer’s lint trap. But washing machines, which don’t have lint traps, can also liberate lint and send it into water systems. In this video, host Sarah Everts explains what researchers know about the impacts of lint fibers and what questions still remain.
See also: Food web; Manufactured fiber; Persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic pollutants; Plastic waste pollution; Polyester resins; Polymer recycling and degradation; Recycling technology; Sewage treatment; Textile; Water pollution
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