Plastic fibres from synthetic clothing are ending up in our food chain. Here's how to stop it happening.
New studies show that the biggest plastic polluter of oceans and waterways is not plastic bags, it's fibres from synthetic clothing, otherwise known as microfibres. Every time these garments are washed, the tiny plastic fibres are released into the environment. Clothing designer and textile scientist Emily Cooper, of Silkbody, believes consumers will not be able to make a difference to the insidious issue unless they are able to make the right choices when it comes to purchasing. Emily has put together a tool kit to help consumers choose only natural, biodegradable fibres.
A wonderful customer by the name of Margaret Minney, from Adelaide in Australia, has taken it upon herself to write the most gloriously-detailed story of her trip to Austria, Scotland and Shetland in June 2016, the sights seen and the important role her Silkbody clothing played in her enjoyment of the trip. Read on for specific details of the items she found most useful. Thank you so much for your words, Margaret!
This summer I've been going out into the garden early every morning in my pyjamas. Silk pyjamas, of course. I wasn't being lured out by the balmy air of a new summer's day because, actually, it has been a cold, wet season here in New Zealand. No, I would wake up and my first thought was for the needs of the newest additions to our household: fourteen pet silkworms.
In a report on the present and future sustainability of clothing and textiles by the University of Cambridge, there are 7 key ways you can minimise your impact on the environment with your clothing. By choosing to wear Silkbody you are actually already doing most of these things - and more!