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As fetching as that latest trendy addition to your wardrobe might be, you are unlikely to have ever considered it literally good enough to eat.
Unpalatable as it seems, you probably have swallowed some of it — or, even less appetisingly, something very similar which someone else was wearing.
Anybody - Let - Time - Plastic - Fibres
Not that anybody would have noticed — let alone, thankfully, tasted it — at the time. For we are talking about tiny plastic fibres that end up in the food chain after being shed by clothes made from synthetic materials such as nylon, polyester, elastane and acrylic.
Often these fibres come out in the washing machine, and from there make their way to our oceans where they are eaten by fish and other sea creatures including crabs, lobsters and mussels, which can then end up on dining tables.
Prince - Harry - Problem - Yesterday - Meghan
Prince Harry correctly alluded to the problem yesterday as he and Meghan visited South Melbourne beach and met primary school students who have been trying to keep the local coastline litter-free.
If not, they should.
Fast - Fashion - Ideas - Catwalk - Celebrity
Fast fashion involves transforming ideas from the catwalk or celebrity culture into cheap, synthetic garments in High Street stores at breakneck speed.
With Britons buying twice as many clothes as a decade ago — last year we spent £50 billion — and replacing them more frequently, fast fashion is flying off the shelves.
Microfibres - Fleeces - Materials - Causes - Pollution
Microfibres from fleeces and sportswear made from synthetic materials are one of the most significant causes of plastic pollution in our rivers and oceans.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation — a charity launched by yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur and fashion designer Stella McCartney to campaign against waste — released a chilling report about the scale of the problem last year, concluding that the situation is now so bad that we are ‘eating our own clothes’.
Terms - Thought
Expressed in those stark terms, it is a deeply unappetising thought. But...
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