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Have you found evidence of synthetic fibers from clothes introduced via washing machine rinse water?

Posted on November 07 2012

Question submitted by Shenendehowa High School

Marina Garland, who is studying microplastics (pieces that are smaller than 5 mm) told me she has seen plastic filaments under the microscope in the samples she’s looked at.  However, it is impossible to know the origin of these fibers—whether or not they are from clothing, or if they entered the ocean via wastewater.