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Microplastics – The danger of very little things

Microplastics

Microplastics was one of the key topics being discussed at the IWTO Wool Round Table ono 7-8 December 2017 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

There were two aspects discussed in particular. On the one hand, the wool industry needs to undertake research on how wool sheds during washing and how these microfibres then biodegrade in water.

On the other hand, we need to take part in the scientific discussions on how to account for microplastics when it comes to evaluating the environmental impact different fibres have on the planet. This is important to ensure that synthetic fibres are being made accountable for the plastic pollution that comes from synthetic clothing while also taking the benefits of natural fibres in this regard into account.

In November 2017, I held a speech about Microplastics at my local Toastmasters club. I thought it would be a good opportunity to share my speech as a general introduction to the topic of Microplastics.

Watch the video here:

 

About the author, Elisabeth

Elisabeth is the founder and host of the Wool Academy Podcast. She also runs her own consulting business where she supports wool industry businesses with strategic communications and project management.
Elisabeth used to work as the Secretary General for the International Wool Textile Organisation where she developed her passion for wool and the wool industry. Her previous education and work experience equipped her also with a broad set of communications skills.

Elisabeth vision is to see the wool industry thrive which is why she supports wool industry businesses communicate successfully.

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