Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How Doing Laundry Puts Plastic in your Fish n' Chips

A new study has found that water, especially those near large cities is filled with plastic microparticles, but not from the sources you might think of like plastic soda bottles, no it comes from doing your laundry.  Apparently all the non-natural clothing we wear (so all synthetic clothes) leave behind in the water as much as 1900 fibers that get washed into the sea.

Between over fishing, oil spills, pollution, acidification and everything else we have done to the water on this planet the poor fish can't seem to catch a break.  It is a cautionary tale though because eating fish has always be thought of as a "healthier" protein option, but now it looks like we need to take into consideration all the information we have about the bounty of the sea and reconsider how we eat.  Al Jeezera reports:

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