Microplastics from fast fashion
Pim RietveldFeb 1, 2019
Almost everyone is familiar with the plastic soup and worries about it. A new problem comes with this: microplastics. Sources of microplastic are car tires, urban fabric, and cosmetics. A lesser known, but equally important source is clothing. We, Nadine van Geersdaele, Anja van der Lee and Pim Rietveld, have done research on the reduction of microplastics that are released during washing of clothes. Three products have emerged from this research:
- An informative video for the consumer with tips on how to reduce their microplastic emissions;
- An info sheet for designers with tips to optimize the clothing production process, so that fewer microplastics are released;
- A knowledge report for Rijkswaterstaat with information on how microplastics from sewage treatment plants or washing machines can be filtered.
The final products can be found in the link below. We would love to hear your opinion and appreciate it if you share the products.