Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of textiles buying on average 27kgs of new clothing and other textiles per year. Australia consumes twice the global average of 13 kilograms per person per year.
Two thirds of these clothes and textiles are made from synthetic fibres which are derived from petroleum. Natural fibres are biodegradable while synthetic fibres will leave a toxic imprint on our environment. Synthetic fibres have shown to shed thousands of micro plastic particles when washed or disposed of in landfill.
Australians need to start thinking about how they could reduce their clothing and textile footprint. Every year the waste we generate is growing at twice the rate of our population. The average household thows away enough rubbish to fill a three bedroom house annually. Manmade fibres are effectively plastic and every time we wash our synthetic clothes they shed microfibers (microscopic shreds of plastic) and this debris makes its way to the ocean where it is consumed by fish and other aquatic animals. One piece of synthetic clothing can release nearly 2,000 microfibres in a single wash. If you eat seafood you could end up eating approx 11,000 of these microfibers per year . Microfibres carry toxic chemicals such as Formaldahyde which effects the health of marine life and the humans who consume seafood.