Why does the EU’s new strategy also help in the fight against microplastics?
Here’s what the Commission says: “Textiles made of synthetic fibers such as polyester and acrylic are one of the main causes why microplastics are unintentionally released into the environment. Microplastics are released at different stages of the product’s life.” This is why as early as in the first half of 2022, the Commission is launching a new project to combat the “unintentional release of microplastics: this may concern product design, improved manufacturing processes, pre-washing in factories, product labeling and the promotion of innovative materials.”
However, the EU Commission’s measures alone will not be enough – consumers must also learn to deal with fashion in a more sustainable way. „We can already make a huge contribution by simply refraining from stocking up on cheap clothes several times a year and opting for higher-quality or even used clothing instead,“ says Xenia Kersten, flustix expert for textiles. One manufacturer of sustainable clothing is the Berlin-based company bleed, which – certified by flustix – offers a plastic-free streetwear collection. What else can you do at home? Here are 7 tips from expert Xenia.