Yesterday I talked about microplastics being found in earthworms in remote areas of the country. These microplastics come from synthetic fabrics, clothes made from polyester and nylon like workout clothes and fleece, and cotton-synthetic blend fabrics like t-shirts, dresses and jeans. A 2016 study estimated that up to 700,000 microfibers could be released in a single load of laundry. The pieces are 5 millimeters or smaller and bypass filters at wastewater treatment plants, and end up getting eaten by insects and fish. You can catch some of these microplastics when washing by using a wash bag for these garments or a Microfiber laundry ball to catch the fibers. More at kink dot fm.
GUPPYFRIEND washing bag
Microfiber Laundry Ball
How to reduce microplastics from clothing