No less than a third of the plastic soup in our oceans consists of microfibres that are released when washing synthetic clothing. Water treatment plants are not able to filter the smallest particles of plastic out of the water, either. The impact? Many animals, like fish and seabirds, eat these practically invisible pieces of plastic without realising it, which means that they do not eat enough food and they starve.
Plus, these microplastics also present a clear and present danger to humans. Because their rough surface is filled with holes, these little particles of plastic easily bind with chemical waste substances from factories and the agricultural industry. When these microplastics are eaten by fish, which we catch and eat later on, we are thus poisoning ourselves with the plastic waste as well.