8. Poisoning Our Food Chain
Microbeads usually found in personal care products, recently got banned in the US, are a better-known variety of microplastic, but recent studies have found microfibers to be even more widespread.
7. Polluted Shorelines
In a radical 2011 paper, Mark Browne, now a senior research associate at the University of New South Wales, Australia, found that microfibers made up 85% of human-made debris on shorelines around the world. That’s more than half.
While Patagonia and other outdoor companies, like Polartec, use recycled plastic bottles as a way to conserve and reduce waste, this latest research shows that the plastic might ultimately end up in the oceans anyway and in a form that’s even more likely to cause problems. Nobody saw it coming but we’re now paying the price.