Weekly Ocean 🌊 Science 🔬 post!
Today we’re talking about microfibers. If you’ve read some of the previous posts, you’ve heard a lot about microplastic. Microfibers are a type of microplastic that’s gaining a lot of attention due to the sheer amount of it. 😬
Microfibers are small pieces of shredded plastic fibers that are found in a ton of clothing👕 all over the world. 🌎If it’s just in our clothes, what’s the big deal? Well, when we wash our clothes they are shedding these microfibers into the washing machine, which then flushes out the water💧 where it travels to a water treatment plant. 40% of the microfibers heading to water treatment plants are making it into our water ways.
Once in our waterways they can make their way into the ocean as well as into the food chain. Plastic releases toxins as it breaks down and these toxins bioaccumulate. What does that mean? 🤔Good question. Smaller fish 🐠in the food chain may eat small amounts of plastic along with plants and microscopic organisms. The larger animals 🐟eat these small fish in large quantities. So they collect all of the plastic eaten by all of the small fish and now have a higher percentage of plastic. The next largest fish, or perhaps dolphin 🐬or whale 🐋, will eat a ton of these larger fish and take in all of the plastic they had in them. So the higher up on the food chain you look, the higher percentage of plastic/toxins you find.
Of 2,000 aquatic samples taken, 90% of the debris found was microfibers. 😱Samples from all over the world have shown the presence of microfibers. They are found in fish in the ocean as well as the Great Lakes.
Though the clothing industry has been slow to change, there are options without microfibers in them. You could always buy used clothing and go #thrifting! 🤗Or you could buy clothes made of cotton or hemp. Our actions affect the oceans in more ways than we know.
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Dune education + Lake Michigan = my day today
Did you know the Great Lakes account for 20% of the Earth’s surface fresh water! That’s absolutely insane! Growing up up so close to the lakes made them feel so normal and I didn’t appreciate how important and unique they were until I became an adult. If you live by a Great Lake, don’t take them for granted - explore all the amazing parks/beaches we have (and keep them in mind when you’re voting! We need people in office who will protect them!)
Autumn, meet Lake Superior 🌊
Fall colors have officially peaked in the Overboard State ✋🏽
Shouts to the super talented @camera_jesus 📷 for catching this beaut in the lakeshore! #GoOverboard
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