Plastic Clothes


Did you know that every time we wash our clothes in the washing machine we are incidentally polluting our oceans with plastic? No me either…

I was shocked to realize that one of the biggest ocean polluters is from microscopic plastic made from synthetic clothing.
All that “fluff” that builds up in the washing machine is what heads down the drain, into the ocean and into little plankton’s stomachs. The bigger species eat the plankton (eg. Birds, fish, whales) and who eats these? Humans (not everyone). So technically we as a species are then ingesting plastic, YUM. A study suggested that people in Europe who consume shellfish end up eating around 11,000 bits of plastic per year.


It’s a vicious cycle that many aren’t even aware of.

How much? 250,000 microfibers on average per wash (it depends on what fabrics you wash etc.) as per the University of California. To put that into perspective that is 2.7 grams of plastic heading down the drain.  

But don’t worry, there are ways to help!

Here’s 3 simple ways to reduce the amount of pollution you are emptying into the sea!


  1. Stop buying plastic clothes.

A lot of our clothes are made from plastic (synthetic clothing). So next time you buy something try buying pure cotton, bamboo or hemp clothing. If you check the tags of your clothes you’ll be surprised at the amount of chemicals make up our “jeans and a nice top”

BeeEco loves Bamboo, try buying bamboo clothing, it is super soft and feels nice on the skin.

This option is fantastic, however some of these pure materials are a little more expensive than our classic 8-dollar skivvy from Kmart so here’s number 2:


  1. Purchase a Guppy Friend Wash bag or a Cora Ball

Guppy Friend wash bags are bags that stop these microfibers from going down the drain with our wash water. Easy to use, just put your clothes inside the bag and wash as normal.

The guppy friend was developed by two German guys who owned a surf shop who sold products that were polluting the ocean and when they learnt that devastating news they invented a product designed to reduce the harmful effect.

These can be purchased online, I’m yet to find a (local shop that sells them) for around $30

Cora Balls are similar, they are balls that you can throw into your washing machine and catch all those nasties.

Sea shepherd and Patagonia sell Guppy Friend bags

3. Buy Pre-Loved Clothes

Research shows that the more washed an item is, the less microfibers it will release so another option is to up cycle and purchase second hand clothes.


Your challenge: Make your next purchase, a plastic free purchase!

Bee x


1 comment

  • I didn’t know my clothes were doing that. Thanks for the info, I’m definitely thinking more about my lifestyle and how it effects the environment xx

    Kerrie Wright

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