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Lint Pollutes

October 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Laundry Lint Pollutes the World’s Oceans By ELSA YOUNGSTEADT – SCIENCEMAG.ORG
Added: Saturday, 29 October 2011 at 11:38 PM
http://richarddawkins.net/articles/643683-laundry-lint-pollutes-the-world-s-oceans
The source. In the laundry, synthetic clothing sheds microscopic plastic fibers (shown in the inset along with other plastic debris) that make their way through sewage treatment systems and into oceans.
Credit: Fototsearch; Mark Browne

There’s nothing subtle about dryer lint: Clean the fluffy, gray mat off the filter or risk a fire. Washer lint, however, is sneaky. Nearly 2000 polyester fibers can float away, unseen, from a single fleece sweater in one wash cycle, a new study reports. That synthetic lint likely makes its way through sewage treatment systems and into oceans around the world. The consequences of this widespread pollution are still hazy, but environmental scientists say the microscopic plastic fibers have the potential to harm marine

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