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Taking on 'microfiber' pollution, a laundry room at a time
Published in 6-3-2018
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) The fight to keep tiny pollutants from reaching the dinner plate might start in the laundry room. Innovators are coming up with tools to keep tiny pieces of thread that are discharged with washing machine effluent from reaching marine life. Such "microfibers" are too small to be caught in conventional filters, so they eventually pass through sewage plants, wash out to waterways, and can be eaten or absorbed by marine animals, some later served up as seafood. So far there are at least four products, with names such as Guppyfriend and Cora Ball, aimed at curbing microfibers.