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Informing science-based solutions to microfibers through research on their sources, transfer to and fate in the ocean.

We are thrilled to see the results of this long-term research released, and are excited to put these recommendations into action in our design process, textiles development and manufacturing. It’s our hope that this research offers practical, science-backed measures for our industry as a whole to adopt

Katie Wilson


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Join the Ocean Wise Microfiber Partnership with others like MEC, Patagonia, REI, Arc’teryx, Aritzia, and Joe Fresh and help us innovate solutions that address microfibers in our ocean.

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Where do microfibers originate?

Synthetic fibers are common constituents of textiles and are released from clothing during domestic laundry. While this varies greatly depending on many factors, such as the type of garment and laundry conditions, research has shown that some materials can lose billions of fibers in a single wash. Wastewater treatment facilities, where available, can capture much of these fibers and other microplastics (> 90%) into sludge. Nonetheless, microfiber emissions with treated wastewater on annual and geographical scales are substantial because of the large volumes of polluted water treated.


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