Shed Free Chic: Plastic Pollution and Apparel

Microfibers are microscopic plastic fibers that are shed from synthetic textiles like polyester, spandex and nylon. When clothes, linens or other textiles are washed and dried, they shed tiny plastics that can end up in our water, air and land. Microfibers have been found far out to sea and even in remote areas like the Arctic. Their increasing concentrations are a growing concern – for both environmental and potential human health impacts. This panel will discuss how scientists, start-ups and apparel industry leaders are working to understand the impacts, develop technology to combat the issue, and innovate to reinvent the shirt on your back.

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Dimitri Deheyn

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

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Elissa Foster


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Daniella Russo

Think Beyond Plastic

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