Clothing and textiles are responsible for 35% of microplastic pollution. Approximately 50% of our clothing is made from plastic: polyester, acrylic and nylon, primarily. On average, 700,000 fibers can be shed from our synthetic clothes in any typical wash. These fibers are less than 5 mm long and flow, with our waste water, into our rivers, lakes, and oceans. Water treatment facilities cannot capture the majority of these fibers, as they are too small.
In my search for more comfortable work shoes, I started to consider what was and wasn't the "more sustainable" choice of footwear. It turns out there are some pretty exciting innovations happening in the world of footwear.