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We're all eating our own washing!

As fetching as that latest trendy addition to your wardrobe might be, you are unlikely to have ever considered it literally good enough to eat.  Unpalatable as it seems, you probably have swallowed some of it — or, even less appetisingly, something very similar which someone else was wearing.  Not that anybody would have noticed — let alone, thankfully, tasted it — at the time. For we are talking about tiny plastic fibres that end up in the food chain after being shed by clothes made from synthetic materials such as nylon, polyester, elastane and acrylic.  Often these fibres come out in the washing machine, and from there make their way to our oceans where they are eaten by fish and other sea creatures including crabs, lobsters and mussels, which can then end up on dining tables.  Read more...

 

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