Plastic in Our Closets: Addressing Microfiber Pollution

Updated: Jun 26, 2021

If we were to take a look at our closet, we would never expect that plastic is woven into most of the clothing that we wear everyday. About two-thirds of the clothes that exist worldwide are made from synthetic fibers, most of which are made from plastic. Synthetic fibers, including polyester, acrylic and nylon, are man-made, plastic-based fibers that are produced from oil. Polyester is one of the most commonly-used synthetic fibers and it has come to dominate 65% of the global fiber market share. Unfortunately, the prominent use of synthetic fibers in clothing has presented detrimental effects on the environment.