Avoiding Plastics in your family life -Microplastics in your closet!

Just last week we have discussed why it might be a good thing to avoid plastics in your family life due to health threatening additives contained in plastics and environmental pollution problems caused by plastics.

Now we’d like to go one step further and show you what you can do in your family to avoid plastics.

One major problem about plastics is that you actually don’t always see it! Ever heard of Microplastics? Microplastics are little plastic particles that you can hardly see. They are often found in waters – especially parts of the oceans are widely polluted by microplastics. Since plastics doesn’t decompose over time many organisms ingest, accumulate and incorporate it which actually bears some major environmental problems.

Mikroplastasarp

So what can you do to prevent this kind of pollution?

The first and most important thing is to pay attention to what kind of clothes and cosmetics you purchase. Microplastics often come from synthetics such as polyester, polyamide and acrylic fabrics contained in clothes and from plastic particles used in cosmetics, e.g. exfoliation products or toothpaste. Every time you wash your laundry or you use you exfoliation cosmetics little plastic particles – microplastics – arrive through your domestic sewage at the ocean.

Microplastics_impact_on_biological_communities

So what is the solution?

Stop buying synthetics and cosmetics that contain plastics! Get clothes made from cotton, linnen, wool, silk, rayon, viscose or lyocell instead. Simple as that.

If you want to read more go to

One Percent for the Planet

Shop ethicalShop ethical

Marine Conservation Society

Marine Debris Program

International Pellet Watch

Algalita

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