MICROFIBRES & TUMBLE DRYERS

Person taking clothes out of tumble dryer.

Huge number of microfibres are being released into the air by tumble dryers.
Researchers have found that tiny particles of both polyester – a plastic-based material – and cotton are emitted by domestic tumble dryers, with more than half a million finding their way into the air during just 15 minutes of use.

The findings are published in the paper Microfibers Released into the Air from a Household Tumble Dryer.

“A single tumble dryer could be responsible for releasing 120m micro plastic fibres into the air each year,” claims The Guardian in its summary of the research: Hong Kong scientists design simple filter system to capture the harmful microplastics – but there’s a catch.

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