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Thousands of tons of ocean pollution can be saved by changing washing habits

A new study has revealed that almost 13,000 tonnes of microfibres, equivalent to two rubbish trucks every day, are being released into European marine environments every year—but this could be reduced by as much as 30% if we made a small change to our laundry habits. The findings have been published by the scientific journal PLOS ONE today, ahead of World Oceans Day on Monday 8 June. Every time you wash your clothes, thousands of tiny microfibres from the fabric are released into rivers, the sea and the ocean, causing marine pollution. Scientists have speculated for some time that these microfibres may cause more harm than microbeads, which were banned from UK and US consumer products in recent years. Read more....

 

 

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