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  • Writer's pictureGary Moller

How do we reduce Microplastics in the Oceans and Food Chain?

Image of where plastics contaminate

"Larger fish and other marine species feed on creatures like salps, potentially allowing microplastics to enter the food chain, the researchers say, working their way up to contaminate humans' food.

According to the UN Environment Programme, 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into our oceans every year, causing an estimated $13 billion of economic damage to global marine ecosystems."



Inevitably, these toxic particles move up the food chain into you, our children and me. The frightening thing about pumping these toxins into the environment is that they will continue to concentrate in the food chain for another 50 years. That assumes we stop putting these things into the environment from Day One. That won't happen in a hurry!

Plastic on beach

It is possible to quickly minimise the leading cause of contamination, synthetic textiles (refer to the chart above). My brother-in-law, who sent me the article above, is a Big-Wig within the wool industry. He keeps telling us that wool is a wonderful versatile natural fibre.

The solution to reducing pollution by plastics is obvious: to switch to natural fibres such as wool, cotton, hemp, and bamboo. These fibres, including wool, are essentially carbon neutral which is an added environmental bonus.

Come on, everyone: the next time you purchase clothing or linen, look at the labels and make it a superior natural fibre purchase!

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