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Wearing Polyester Clothes May Shed More Microplastics Than Washing Them

Rivet’s 2021 winter issue has dropped! This in-depth issue examines the steps the global denim industry is taking to minimize its impact on the environment, from implementing zero waste production and design processes to establishing greenhouse gas emissions goals aligned with the Paris Agreement.

Laundering synthetic garments made from polyester can cause them to release hundreds of thousands of microplastics per wash cycle. A new first-of-its-kind study shows that simply wearing them, however, can slough off even more over time. While a gram of polyester fabric might discharge up to 4,000 tiny fibers during a single conventional wash cycle,…

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