In 2018, I touched down in India for the trip of a lifetime. My vision of exploring idyllic villages and beautiful countryside were soon in tatters as I realised that much of the country lay covered in plastic.
India is beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but they are a country decades behind us in the UK when it comes to sanitation. The legendary Ganges River that’s runs through India is one of the most polluted rivers in the world. Much of the plastic pollution found in our oceans comes from the Ganges.
Rubbish in the UK is collected weekly from outside our homes. There are public bins everywhere, and we have excellent recycling procedures throughout the country. What I didn’t know until recently, is that over 35% of the plastic found at sea, actually comes from our washing machines at home.
We Are The Problem
I am just as much to blame as the next man. We buy cheap clothing, made from synthetic man made fibres such as polyester and nylon, which we then wash, regularly. When these fibres go through the washing cycle, tiny microfibers are washed away with the dirty water, which ultimately ends up back in our oceans.
We know from BBC’s ‘Blue Planet 2’, how devastating plastic pollution can be for marine life. Its these tiny micro-fibres causing the most devastation. Plankton, the smallest creatures in our seas, are now consuming these tiny microfibers, meaning every step of the food chain now contains plastic.
This is devastating news for our marine life.
Easy. Only buy clothing that is made from 100% natural fibres, or better still, 100% organic. This alone will make a huge difference in battle against plastic pollution. Its as easy as reading a label.
If you need more convincing; buying better quality clothing, less often, can actually save you a lot of money. Guilt free garms.
Watch David & Stacey
If you would like to learn more about impacts the fashion industry is having on the environment, and how we as individuals can help make a difference, there’s no better place to start than the BBC.
David Attenboroughs Blue Planet 2 explores the depths of our oceans and discusses some of the impacts mankind is having on its marine life. Watch it here.
Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashions Dirty Secrets, is a hard hitting look at how the fashion industry exploits poor communities in the developing world, and is causing untold damage to its environment. Watch it here