By Sara Spary
Awareness of the negative impact plastic is having on the environment is at an all-time high – but did you know the clothes you’re wearing could also be derived from plastic?
Man-made fabrics, such as polyester, nylon, polyamide and acrylic fibres are made from molecules called polymers, which make them a plastic. This means that every time you wash your favourite synthetic jumper, top or dress, tiny pollutants get released into the water.
In fact, according to environmental group Friends of the Earth, clothes washing generates around 4,000 tonnes of plastic microfibre pollution in UK alone every year.
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