The textile industry accounts for 35% of the microplastics released into the environment, and our synthetic garments release around 700,000 fibres every time they are washed in the washing machine. These fragments are produced both during the manufacture of the garments and during their use. Even for the microplastics that are collected by the filters of the sewage treatment plants, there is no guarantee that they will not be released back into the environment.
Some companies in the textile industry are already aware of the risks that microfibre emissions pose to water and living organisms, and there seems to be a growing interest in finding solutions to this problem.
Eight possible ways of tackling the problem are set out in the document drawn up by the two German project partners Global Nature Fund and Lake Constance Foundation. As well as describing the critical starting points and the measures taken by companies to address this challenge, the paper also gives the views on the issue of sustainability and microplastics of some very important companies in the fashion world: Nike, Adidas, H&M, Patagonia, are some of them.