Designing a system for examining microplastic release in fabrics made from recycled materials



The goal of this study is to examine the extent of microplastic release from recycled synthetic textile fibers in domestic washing processes. A portable washer will be used to understand the phenomena across a wide variety of users. A specially developed filter will allow for rigorous examination of the extent of microfiber shedding in synthetic fabric samples. Recycled polypropylene fabric will be the examined specimen; virgin polypropylene will be used as the control. The aim will be to determine whether recycled materials are a factor in microplastic release.

Dr. Orla Wilson
Lauren Choi

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Left to right: Arsema Gossaye, Cristina de Jong, Will Rong, Will Shiber. Not pictured: Helena Brew.