The Problem With Your Washing Machine That’s Hard to See But Impossible to Ignore

Ecologist Mark Browne is trying to stop one of the biggest contributors to ocean pollution: clothes.

Browne estimated that around 1,900 individual fibers can be rinsed off a single synthetic garment – ending up in our oceans.

“We found that these particles of plastic can transfer, once they have been ingested they can transfer from their gut to their circulatory system i.e. into their blood and accumulate in their blood cells and they are still there months later,” Browne said in an interview. (…) (, 4/11/2014)

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