Did you know every time you run your washing machine, you may be releasing more than 700,000 microscopic plastic fibres into the environment?
When you do a load of laundry, the water doesn’t simply disappear or soak entirely into your clothes. Each load produces wastewater that is pushed into the sewer system and is eventually discharged into waterways or the ocean.
Even with treatment, certain pollutants like detergents and clothing fibres can still make it into bodies of water.
The fibres come from synthetic clothing items that emit the fibres into the water when washed. These plastic fibres can poison or aquatic animals that accidentally ingest them.
Together we can make a difference though. And it is as simple as changing your washing habits and using natural detergents, washing in cold water, choosing clothes made from natural organic fibres and hanging clothes to dry rather than using the tumble dryer.
Take 3 CEO Sarah Beard said: “At Take 3 we are all about simple solutions to complex problems, and if just one person takes notice of this article and makes a change we will have made a difference.
“We are constantly working to educate, take action and make a difference to our oceans and waterways. Often this is about clean ups or educating the next generation, but it is also about working with and helping people who want to make a difference but often don’t know how.
“This is a prime example of a simple change that can have a major impact. We will be working hard in the coming months to continue spreading tips and advice like this to help with your day-to-day lives and importantly help with the long-term protection of our beautiful oceans and wildlife.”
In other news, we would like to thank the Take 3 family for their swift action in Newcastle last week when a large piece of foam washed up on Bar Beach and Susan Gilmore Beach. After a member of the public got in touch we reached out to our supporters and within hours the item had been broken down and removed, meaning it was no longer a danger to wildlife in the area.
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