Many articles have been published recently (BBC, CBC, Guardian, etc.) about the damage being done to our environment by wearing and washing clothes. Synthetics are the worst for shedding fibres that don’t degrade naturally, wools and cottons being better because they are bio-degradable. But all clothes shed fibres that get into the water, soil, air and food-chains, fibres which are ingested by fish, animals, birds and humans. Clothes also contain dyes and repellents that can be harmful over time as clothes shed.
Research in several British universities has shown that the parts-per-million of noxious fibres found in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world, has dramatically increased in the past 30 years, to the point now that clothing manufacturers are being targeted to take action. Some recent developments in new washing-machine ‘filters’ show promise. Reducing or eliminating polyester, terylene, viscose, acrylic and nylon content, and favouring cotton, wool and silk in manufacturing processes, would go a long way in reducing environmental pollution.
Another way, more controversial perhaps, is to also wear less clothing or no clothes at all in your homes, at work, or on the beach. And for longer periods befor buying more clothes. This would no doubt require drastic social change in terms of local, regional or national by-laws. But, a primordial leap ‘backwards’ in time, may do the trick in reducing contaminants. Nudists/Naturists around the world have been saving us from pollutants for 100 years. And there are about 33 million of them around the world, and growing in numbers. So that’s a good thing.