Let’s Work Together – For a World Free of Plastic Pollution
From microbeads to plastic bags to Styrofoam and more, we’re teaming with hundreds of thousands of people all over the planet to work for upstream Solutions to plastic pollution.
Our latest campaign and movie is all about the plastic microfibers that are shed when we wash our yoga pants, fleeces… even our underwear. It’s a big problem, and we’re bringing together thousands of people to demand accountability, transparency, and real Solutions.
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Microfiber Pollution?
What’s great about these questions—beyond their expressions of heartfelt desire to do the right thing—is that they offer an opportunity to think about both where the best place to intervene is and who has responsibility for that intervention.
Microfibers: Small Plastics, Big Problem
Rewind six years to 2011. I was on a sailboat with a team of maverick researchers from the 5 Gyres Institute trying to answer a simple question about plastic pollution: “How much is out there?”
Connecting the Threads: Microfibers Research
The research presented in these papers shows that estimated 1.4 million trillion plastic microfibers are a huge problem–both for our oceans and marine biodiversity as well as for our own bodies.