Clive has joined the Women’s Institute in a call to #EndPlasticSoup.
Microplastics are plastic particles smaller than 5mm. A major source of microplastic pollution is from synthetic fibres, which are small strands of plastic that can come loose from clothing in the washing cycle. As they are too small to be caught by washing machine filters and the sewage system, they end up in the sea and wider environment.
Due to their small size the fibres can be ingested by aquatic life, posing a health risk to them. Microplastics are also entering the food chain, the long-term effects of which are unknown.
The campaign is calling calls for the development of solutions to microplastic fibres from industry & the Government.
You can find out more about the campaign by visiting https://www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/current-campaigns-and-initiatives/end-plastic-soup