Washing Laundry May Be An Underappreciated Source of Microplastic Pollution – Columbia University


More bad news on how our daily lives are affecting the planet.

Concerns over plastic in the ocean are growing in recent years. About 2.41 million tons of plastic waste enter the oceans every year, including approximately 15,000 plastic bags per day. However, most of the plastic waste (94 percent) is made up of microplastics — pieces of plastic measuring less than five millimeters across. This summer, three interns at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory decided to focus their research on microplastics, specifically microbeads and microfibers. Mentored by Lamont marine biologist Joaquim Goes, the students Emmerline Ragoonath-De Mattos, Mariela Carrera, and Asya Surphlis uncovered a significant culprit of microplastic pollution that is largely overlooked: the washing of laundry…For now, there are products that consumers can buy to filter microfibers out in the washing machine. Two such options are products called Guppyfriend and the Cora Ball

Washing Laundry May Be An Underappreciated Source of Microplastic Pollution

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  1. Going to the links in your article (Cora Ball > Shops Selling Cora Balls > US: Washington), I see that the places locally that sell Cora Ball are Recology@CleanScapes (multiple places, mostly on the east side of the Puget Sound and mid- and east-Washington, the Seattle Aquarium, and the Woodland Park Zoo.

  2. Going to the links on your article, I see that the Cora Ball (for use in washing machines, to collect microfibers) is sold at Recology@CleanScapes (Seattle), the Seattle Aquarium, and the Woodland Park Zoo.

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