The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently published the report “Policies to reduce microplastics in water – Focus on Textiles and Tyres”. The report examines the problems resulting from the widespread presence of microplastics in the environment and focuses on how OECD countries can play a part in mitigating microplastic pollution. The report concentrates on the overall pollution being induced by the textiles sector and stresses the increase in use and demand for polyester-based clothing since their introduction. Connected to that, the concern of the release of microfibers through fiber shedding has emerged. This can occur during the manufacturing, use, or end-of-life stage. The report calls for advancing knowledge on this complex topic and seeking out co-benefits with other areas of environmental policy to mitigate microplastic pollution.
Focus on Textiles and Tyres