Washing Clothes May Release Hundreds of Thousands of Microfibers Into Wastewater

Microfibers and microplastics constitute a growing issue in water contamination, and washing clothes may contribute to the problem. By Hoang-Nam Vu, Staff Writer for Save the Water™ | March 13, 2017 If there is one thing teenagers seem less than inclined to do, it’s doing the laundry. Akin to washing the dishes or other commonplace […]

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UK Ban on Microplastics May Be First Step to Comprehensive Plan

Article courtesy of Press Association | February 8th, 2017 | The Guardian | Shared as educational material. The United Kingdom is considering banning microplastics, which are tiny plastics no more than 5mm in diameter. Marine life can eat microplastics, which already number in the trillions in the sea. Microplastics can harm fish and crustaceans. Environmental […]

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Lake Michigan and Other Great Lakes Suffer from Plastic Pollution

Article courtesy of the Dyer Oxley | December 15th, 2016 | MyNorthwest.com Writer | Shared as educational material. Researchers at New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology estimate that the total plastic annually entering the Great Lakes system is nearly 10,000 metric tons, or 22 million pounds. Lake Michigan suffers half the pollution because of high […]

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The Deadly Effects of Water Pollution

The planet has become one large dumping ground where our rubbish and pollutants are killing countless animals, marine life and spreading disease. It is estimated that around 5 million people die every year from drinking contaminated water which spreads sickness and waterborne diseases such as typhoid and cholera.

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Lake Erie packed with plastic.

A group of researchers has found more plastic in water taken from Lake Erie than in samples taken from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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Sandy stirs toxic-site worry.

Hurricane Sandy’s environmental impact is still being assessed, but the worries for residents of New York and New Jersey are crystallized by one fact: Of the two states’ 198 Superfund toxic-waste sites, 45 are within a half-mile of coastal areas vulnerable to storm surge.

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