Nearly 4.8 million tons of synthetic fibers have been dumped into our waterways since the 1950s; these are microscopic fibers from fabric made from nylon, polyester and other non-natural materials. To help reduce your contribution of microfiber pollution from your wash, add a filter on your washing machine. These filters can capture up to 89% of the fibers shed from laundry in the water. Also, front-loading machines created less waste than top loaders, and opting for cold water over hot also resulted in significantly less shedding of fibers.
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