Synthetic fibres and tyres the ‘main source’ of microplastics in the sea

More than a third of marine microplastic pollution comes from textiles, according to a report commissioned by the campaign group Seas at Risk, which is calling for the EU to tackle the problem at source.

by Robert Hodgson
Spools of polyester thread at a Texxcore factory in Volzhsky, Russia. Synthetic fibres are a major source of microplastic pollution, posing a serious challenge to regulators. Photo: Dmitry Rogulin/TASS via Getty Images
Spools of polyester thread at a Texxcore factory in Volzhsky, Russia. Synthetic fibres are a major source of microplastic pollution, posing a serious challenge to regulators. Photo: Dmitry Rogulin/TASS via Getty Images

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