How Clothes Are Polluting the Food Supply

clothing-microfiber-pollutionBy Dr. Mercola

Every day, each and every one of us contribute to the ongoing destruction of the environment simply by participating in modern society.

Not only do people inappropriately dispose of drugs by flushing them down the toilet, the cleaning and personal care products we use and the clothes we wear and wash on a daily basis also contribute to the environmental pollution.

Indeed, the environmental impacts of our clothing choices are shocking, as studies assessing toxic effects of various fabric treatments (such as dyes, flame retardants and stain resistant chemicals) to laundry detergents and the fabric fibers themselves need serious attention.

Microfibers in particular have gained notoriety for posing a serious threat to marine life and migrating into fields and onto our plates.

Indeed, synthetic microfibers make up 85 percent of shoreline debris worldwide, and tend to be found in higher concentrations in beach sediment near waste water treatment plants.

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