Are natural #fibres really better for the environment than microplastic fibres?
“However, whilst they may not be plastic, ’natural’ textile fibres are far from a solution to the textile industry’s contribution to plastic pollution. The production of cotton is incredibly water intensive, and the methods used to process natural fibres often introduce a myriad of harmful chemicals into waters used for bathing and drinking. Moreover, the processing of natural fibres is often carried out in dangerous, exploitative working conditions.”
Tom adds: “As our research shows, there is a high percentage of natural fibres in our water – and we don’t really understand what impact this might have on the environment. What do we really know about the alternatives we are using in our efforts to curb plastic pollution? Much more needs to be done, before we can confidently say which of the alternatives available to us are the best for our planet.”