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James Greiff

Clean the Fleece, Dirty the Planet

Washing releases plastic fibers. They're carried out to sea. Clams eat them. And so on.
Green, not clean.

Green, not clean.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

It’s getting cold. Time to break out the fleece. Warm and light, it even comes in a nice shade of green: a lot of the material used to make fleece comes from recycled plastic bottles -- better in your sweater than in a landfill.

Green that is, until you run it through the washing machine. That’s when thousands of plastic microfibers get flushed into the sewer system and on to some stream, lake, river and ocean.