What is the Contribution of Synthetic Textiles to Ocean Plastic Pollution
Synthetic textiles account for 16% of total annual plastic production.
Plastic textiles (mainly polyester, nylon, acrylic, elastane) shed mirofibers when washed and in this way enter rivers, lakes, seas and oceans.
Synthetic microfibers - largest source of primary microplastic pollution - 35%.
Synthetic microfibers leak 0.5 million tonnes - 4.4% of total plastic waste into oceans.
Synthetic microfibers are extremely harmful to aquatic creatures and they end up in our food and water too