Yoga pants are destroying the Earth

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 at 8:32 am

Comfortable clothes are emerging as a source of plastic that’s increasingly ending up in the oceans and potentially contaminating seafood, according to Gulf Coast researchers launching a two-year study of microscopic plastics in the waters from south Texas to the Florida Keys.

The project, led by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, will rely partly on volunteers participating in coastal cleanup events. It also will expand a year’s worth of data collected around the state of Florida that predominantly found microfibers — shreds of plastic even smaller than microbeads flowing down bathroom sinks and shower drains.

Yoga pants, Patagonia’s cozy jackets, sweat-wicking athletic wear and other garments made from synthetic materials shed microscopic plastic fibers — called “microfibers” — when they’re laundered. Wastewater systems flush the microfibers into natural waterways, eventually reaching the sea.

“Anything that’s nylon or polyester, like the fleece-type jackets,” University of Florida researcher Maia McGuire said.

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2 Responses to “Yoga pants are destroying the Earth”

  1. mean like a rattler on 16/16/17 at 2:58 pm

    Poseur eco-rump rangers probably don’t care. They have a camel toe and everyone needs to see it because they are the first snowflawke to ever have a vagina.
    If you are built like a Heffalump ladies please don’t wear these pants.