According to a study, synthetic clothing is a major source of microfibre pollution.

60% of all clothing material produced globally is made of synthetic materials . Domestic washing, textile, and tyre industry are the primary sources of microfibres entering the environment .

According to a recent report by Toxics Link, synthetic clothing is a major contributor to microfibre pollution.Around 60% of all clothing material produced globally is made of synthetic materials, such as polyester, acrylic, and nylon.Domestic washing, textile, and tyre industry, as well as the manufacture of larger plastics, such as pet bottles and fishing nets, are the primary sources of microfibres entering the environment.Because of its minuscule size and ability to reach different ecosystems, microfibre pollution can have a major effect on the environment and on human health.

Microfibres are a form of microplastics with a diameter of less than 5mm.The study raises a lot of questions regarding microfibre contamination in India, particularly because synthetic clothing is controlling a large portion of the market.According to the latest study, which looked at world reports, 124 to 308 mg of microfibres was released per kg of washed fabric during washing, depending on the type of garment.Synthetic textiles account for around 35 percent of the global release of primary microplastics into the worlds oceans, according to the report.

There is no such thing as a filter in the washing machines we use at home.Microfibres can then easily pass through it and through the drainage system to reach rivers and oceans, according to Priti Banthia Mahesh, chief program coordinator of Toxics Link.She said that globally, technologies are being developed, and that washing machine microfibre filters and microfibre capture units, which can filter microfibres to prevent them from leaking into the water channels, are also available.However, she said, no progress has been made in India in this regard.