Diving Deep: Microfiber Investigative Series for Ensia


For a three-part multimedia series for the online magazine Ensia, I described how microfiber pollution is a growing concern around the world. Tiny fibers shed by synthetic (and natural) textiles are often covered in potentially toxic dyes and treatment chemicals and are being found in our food, our water and the air we breathe.

This series was supported in part by a grant from the Solutions Journalism Network. Also, because Ensia publishes under Creative Common license, the entire series is available for republishing, with proper credit. Thus far, News Deeply and GreenBiz have republished the story.

It’s clear microfibers are pretty much everywhere.

And it’s clear that our clothes are playing a big role. 

Part One:

OUR CLOTHES ARE CONTAMINATING OUR PLANET WITH TINY PLASTIC THREADS

Part Two:

HUMANS, FISH AND OTHER ANIMALS ARE CONSUMING MICROFIBERS IN OUR FOOD AND WATER

Part Three:

AS SYNTHETIC MICROFIBERS INFILTRATE FOOD, WATER AND AIR, HOW CAN WE PREVENT FUTURE RELEASE?

What does microfiber pollution mean for human health?