Environmental Footprint of Blue Jeans Microfibers in Arctic sediments

Environmental Footprint of Blue Jeans Microfibers in Arctic sediments

September 3, 2020
Science

At any moment, approximately half of the world’s population is wearing blue jeans and other denim garments.

University of Toronto’s researchers who sampled Arctic marine sediments from the Amundsen over 2014-2017 detected indigo denim microfibers. They found that one pair of used jeans can release about 56000 microfibers per wash. Their conclusion: ”blue jeans, the world’s single most popular garment, are an indicator of the widespread burden of anthropogenic pollution by adding significantly to the environmental accumulation of microfibers from temperate to Arctic regions.”

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