i. #BePlasticWise "Shrink your Shedding"


The Problem:
In one week of laundering synthetic clothes, a household can add hundreds of thousands of microplastic fibres to wastewater; if not caught by wastewater treatment, they enter the ocean, contributing to plastic pollution.

Join Eco fashion blogger Marina de Pina-Jenkins as she offers tips to avoid the problem – including the fact that front-loading washers produce less shedded plastic than top-loading versions.


The Challenge:
Pledge to buy and wear natural fabrics like cotton or wool, always wash a full load of laundry, or use a filter like a guppy bag when washing synthetic fabric. 

Celebrate by hosting a clothing swap with your class or school. Well washed an worn clothing shed less and it is a great way to find something "new to you"

Take a picture of your class and/or coworkers as you embark on your Plastic Wise challenges! Post that picture of you and your students/coworkers using your reusable mugs on our blog, discussion board, or gallery. Be sure to use the hashtag: #BePlasticWise.

Learning Objectives

Before the challenge/After the Challenge:

1) Do you foresee any difficulties going about this challenge? Why or Why not?

2) Were you aware of the issues regarding fibre shedding?

3) Do you think that individually we can make a difference in our environment? Do you think that collectively we can make a difference? Why or why not?

4) How do our actions (positively or negatively) impact the environment?

Mid- challenge/After the Challenge:

5) Was/is this as difficult as you thought it would be? Why or why not?

6) What was/is your experience of completing this challenge?

Resources to use:

Researching Microplastics: Rhiannon Moore 

Researching Microplastics at the Washing Machine Lab 

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