According to new research, tiny plastic fibers or “microfibers” have been found in our drinking water - both in tap and bottled water.
Experts suspect plastic fibers may transfer toxic chemicals when consumed by humans. Microfibers enter our water supply through machine washing synthetic clothing such as fleece, polyester, and nylon and generally through the breakdown of single-use plastic that has flooded our grocery stores and markets. These microfibers are often too small to be filtered out at wastewater treatment plants and are discharged into streams, rivers, lakes, and eventually the ocean, where they harm our environment and marine life.
Access to clean water is a human right. Our elected officials MUST explore methods to slow wastewater treatment in our communities to filter out plastic microfibers and ways to eliminate single-use plastic from our communities.
The health of animals, humans, waterways and oceans, and our environment is at stake.
Photo by Robert Simmons