The plastics that are man-made are also piling up in the soil and land besides flooding the oceans of the world. Our clothing has synthetic microfibres weaved that have been leaching into the environment for years now. The tiny pollutants in the clothes can be broken by the wastewater from the washing machine even when the clothes are not thrown or brought them second hand.
Now, many synthetic microfibers are gathering on land as those leaking into waterways as revealed by new research. Scientists estimate that washing clothes released at least 5.6 million metric tons of synthetic microfibers since the mass production of synthetic fibers began in the 1950s.
The research on synthetic microfibres
The land contains half of all synthetic microfibers, 1.9 million metric tons is on the surface of 0.6 million metric tons is on the landfills. Water Bodies contains around 2.9 million metric tons. These figures are found out by the new global analysis.
However, the limitations of the figures are also acknowledged by the authors. The multiple assumptions and simplifications form the basis of their model according to them. The factors included are such as the percentage of clothing in use on an annual basis, frequency of washing, and worldwide ownership of