Photo credit: Wanda Bodnar–Marine Photo Bank
Did you know?
Clothes and washing machines are one of the major sources of plastic pollution in the oceans.
“Studies indicate that a single polyester jacket can shed 1 million to 10 million fibres with each laundering,” into the water where they absorb toxins and get eaten by fish.
In July 2015, marine researchers established that “oceanic plastic pollution is not a patch, a soup, or an island”. Marine plastic pollution is best defined as aquatic plastic smog.
UpGyres immediately got to work to stop micro-fibres from synthetic clothing from polluting our rivers, lakes and oceans by intercepting and diverting washing machine lint from the sewage system and from marine vehicles’ wastewater discharges.
The UpGyres Plastic & Textile Smog Emissions Closed Loop System -PTSECLS- will protect local and global water resources with our campaign aimed at water quality and related microplastic pollution issues from residential, commercial, industrial and maritime greywater effluent.
PTSECLS engages communities, municipalities and the provincial and federal governments in the protection of our coastal waters by working together to stop micro-fibre pollution at Waste Water Treatment Plants land-based and on-water.
The Goal of the Plastic & Textile Smog Emissions Closed Loop System is three-fold:
1. Intercepting and recovering microplastic particles (fibres, particles, fragments, nurdles and beads) at wastewater treatment plants and
2. Intercepting and recovering microfibers at industrial textile washing and drying facilities.
3. Intercepting and recovering microplastic particles (fibres, particles, fragments, nurdles and beads) at wastewater treatment systems on board of ships.
As part of our collective effort to prevent microplastic pollution of the oceans, the program will re-enter plastic smog into the economy by converting it into resources: http://upgyres.org/prevent/
Municipalities, the Fashion, Apparel and Textile Industry, the Shipping and Fishing Industries, Port Authorities and governments will be engaged to take the findings of our project and use them proactively to prevent, compensate, ameliorate or adapt to changes in the state of the environment by seeking to:
•Control drivers and pressures from the supply and demand of synthetic clothing through regulation, prevention, or mitigation including textile design.
•Directly maintain or restore the state of the environment.
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