A recent study by the scientific journal PLOS One discovered that a typical load of laundry creates plastic microfibers that are released into waterways and eventually into the ocean. The plastic microfibers (from synthetic fabrics) are invisible to the naked eye, but they contribute to destruction of ocean life and ecosystems. And it turns out nearly 28 million pounds of these microfibers make their way into our oceans every day. To help, do two things: Wash clothing only when you need it, and run your washing machine for a shorter period of time at a cooler temperature. Using cold water for 30 minutes as opposed to hot water for 85 minutes resulted in a 30% reduction in microfibers produced.
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