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How clothing contributes to the plastic soup

30-04-2019

How clothing contributes to the plastic soup

Plastic is a hot topic. The need to use less plastic is increasing. Plastic is difficult to recycle, it does not dissolve and during combustion, harmful chemicals are released. Yet, it is a widely used product in our daily lives.

 

Product packaging, plastic bottles, plastic bags, clothing ... and so much more. Many of our products contain plastic. And much of this plastic ends up in our oceans after use. The consequences are disastrous.

A huge threat to sea turtles

Every day a sea turtle will come face to face with predators such as sharks and orcas. Due to the enormous amount of plastic and other junk in our oceans, these predators are no longer his only enemy. He must also defend himself against the plastic soup. There are currently 5 large garbage patches full of plastic in our oceans. The 80,000 tons of plastic waste between Hawaii and San Francisco is 34 times as large as the Netherlands.

 

Sea turtles can get stuck in large pieces of plastic. The smaller pieces of plastic that end up in their stomach, however, are perhaps is more life-threatening. It’s the larger sea turtles that mostly have to deal with this since they mistakenly regard plastic bags as jellyfish or other delicacies. This often has deadly consequences. Research has shown that after eating 1 piece of plastic, a sea turtle already has a 22% chance of dying(!). And we know that around 52% of sea turtles already eat plastic.

Plastic in our clothes

Did you know that around 60% of all clothing in the world is made from plastic? And that 30% of the plastic soup in our oceans comes from washing these clothes? Microplastic is released every time we wash our clothes. When these microplastics end up in the ocean, we consume it through our foods, drinks and the air, just like sea turtles do.

Recognize environmentally conscious clothing

Can this be prevented? The impact of your clothing on the environment depends on the material. Sustainable clothing has a much lower environmental impact than synthetic clothing. You often recognize sustainable clothing by certifications, such as the EKO quality certification, the Demeter certification or the Global Organic Textile Standard certification. iBi’s clothing has the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification. Discover our collection. Here you will find the most beautiful children's clothing that is manufactured sustainably.