- Sep 20, 2017 at 11:34 pm #3492202
I love my fleece layers, but this:
made me sad, thinking about not buying fleece again. Thoughts?Sep 21, 2017 at 8:19 am #3492248
I heard that too
I think we have to stop buying other synthetic fabric too, and other plastic packaging, and products that ship or are manufactured with plastic, which is about everything : )
We need to replace all plastics with versions that bio-degradeSep 21, 2017 at 8:25 am #3492250
Jon FongBPL Member
@jonfongLocale: FLAT CAT GEAR
Patagonia seems to have taken a pro-active lead in this issue (at least they recognize the existence of the problem). See their response here. I think that the first take away is to re-use what you have as long as possible as the shedding is highest in newer garments. The statement of staying away from less expensive fleece may be more of a marketing stance. In all likelihood, it may be time to review other option like merino wool again. my 2 centsSep 21, 2017 at 8:49 am #3492260
That story mentioned that shellfish had a lot of plastic particles in them. They thought likely the plastic in all the structures used to grow the shellfish were shedding plastic particles the shellfish were consuming.
They have those gyres of plastic in the middle of the oceans. From plastic bottles and all sorts of products. Walk along the beach in an ocean wild area and it’s amazing how much crap there is.
That’s fine for consumers to not buy particular products, but this problem has to be addressed from a much bigger perspective.
There is some worm that is able to metabolize about half of the plastic out there. They could take the gene from that worm and put it into common organisms found in the ocean, and then scatter them on the plastic in the ocean? Of course, many people would be skeptical of this : )Sep 21, 2017 at 10:52 pm #3492472
Christopher *BPL Member
@cfrey-0Locale: US East Coast
Ive seen this movie Jerry … and this is what crawls out of the sea 5 years after screwing with your mutant worms!!!Sep 22, 2017 at 7:08 am #3492514
Of course, many people would be skeptical of thisSep 23, 2017 at 6:17 am #3492714
Edward John MBPL Member
I’ve only been aware of the nanofibre pollution problem for a few months but I now filter the water from the washing machine and incinerate the resultant fibre filtrate as well as the dryer fluff thinking that this is by far the lesser of the evilsSep 23, 2017 at 9:54 am #3492747
Ethan A.BPL Member
@mountainwalkerLocale: SF Bay Area & New England
Edward, what type of filter do you use to catch the fibers from your washing machine before they drain into waste water?
Part of the solution is simply people buying less crap they don’t need. I’ll bet the average consumer has tons of cheap fleece clothing they hardly ever wear and often discard.
I’ve never been a clothes horse but even I’ve gone through a simplification process realizing there are only so many items of clothing or outdoor clothing that I really use, and everything else except for a few loaner pieces got sold or donated. Makes organization and packing much easier too.Sep 23, 2017 at 9:59 am #3492750
Ken T.BPL Member
nmSep 23, 2017 at 10:59 am #3492758
“Part of the solution is simply people buying less crap they don’t need”
If you buy stuff and throw it in landfill then there’ll be no plastic in the ocean
If you just washed your clothes less often that would help. Plus less enregy (CO2) and water (for you desert dwellers like California). : )Sep 23, 2017 at 11:04 am #3492761
MJ HBPL Member
Buying and burying plastic seems a really inefficient method of carbon sequestration.Sep 23, 2017 at 3:33 pm #3492806
Edward John MBPL Member
@ethan Just the usual filter pad fabric sold for air conditioners and swimming pool filters. We just use a conical swimming pool prefilter it seems to do the job quite well, We do not send our grey water to sewerage – we use it to irrigate the lemon and apricot trees in the back yard so we use a medium sized surge tankSep 23, 2017 at 4:01 pm #3492810
“Buying and burying plastic seems a really inefficient method of carbon sequestration.”
Yeah, it would be better to not buy so much stuff : )
“we use it to irrigate the lemon and apricot trees in the back yard ”
Good on you. Makes the best use of water. And no plastic in the ocean. I wonder what the long term effect of putting micro plastic bits into the soil. Probably not a big deal.
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