Plastic Pollution and the Textile Industry

With a growing issue of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, more and more attention is being drawn to the textiles industry. With many clothes being manufactured from microfibres, (small threads of plastic) textile companies are being placed under pressure by ocean life campaigners. The issue of plastics in the marine environment extends from plastic bottle caps to vehicle tyres.

Microfibres from clothes are shed during washing methods and sent to the ocean via water systems. These microfibres are being discovered by marine biologists and marine life however the full impact they have is not yet known. Research has suggested that textiles are responsible for a large percentage of microplastics within our oceans, which places a strain on clothing manufacturers to create new products and ways of avoiding pollution.

So, what can retailers do about this issue?

With research on going regarding certain materials and fibres and their impact on the environment, the only thing retailers can currently do is stay updated and in the loop. This includes gaining an understanding of the difference of shedding virgin and recycled yarn and whether the colouration of an item plays a part too. Everyone has a part to play, including washing detergent manufacturers.

Supporting research into the issue is key for a manufacturer, as this will not only allow them to better their own items but gain more exposure from doing so. With many consumers supporting causes and businesses that benefit the environment, such as Iceland’s “No Palm Oil” campaign, supporting these endeavours will show your authenticity as a brand.

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