Textile and Apparel Industry Addresses Emerging Issue of Microfiber Pollution

Karen K. Leonas


Plastics pollution in our waterways has been of concern for many years. More recently, microplastics have been identified and from that the subcategory of microfibers has been noted. Microfiber pollution is an emerging issue and research is ongoing by those in the environmental sciences, textile sciences, apparel technology, apparel brands and retailers to better understand and mitigate the associated impacts. . Like many of today’s global challenges, this is a complex issue and to develop effective solutions it will require expertise from different scientific disciplines to investigate this issue. Collaboration among the many disciplines will be necessary to develop a better understanding of the underlying causes and propose feasible solutions to address this concern.

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