Fibres & Fabrics

Fashion's Impact On The World's Oceans

The fashion industry is a major contributor to microplastic pollution of the ocean. What do you need to know and what can you do about it?

Over a third (35%) of all microplastics released into the world's oceans are from synthetic textiles1.

Between half million and a million tons of plastic microfibres are discharged into wastewater each year from the washing of synthetic clothes.

Polyester, the major synthetic fibre, now commands a 65% market share and sheds on average six times more microplastic fibres than nylon2.

From CO Data: What Are Our Clothes Made From? Click to read the full piece

Microplastics are plastic parti…