State of play
Plastic microfibers: With each wash, thousands of plastic microfibers from synthetic fibers (virgin or recycled) are released without being filtered by the purification systems. They end up in the oceans, where they are ingested by multiple underwater species that can find themselves in our food chain. They will take decades to degrade and may contain toxic chemicals. At the current rate, by 2050, we will have dumped more than 20 million tonnes of plastic microfibres into the oceans (11).