#2 - Microfibre Cloths
On to the microfibre cloth! What a game-changer this was. Invented in the 70s by a Japanese textile scientist, these extremely fine fibres are lightweight, long lasting, high absorption and quick drying. However, all this comes at a cost to your family and the planet!
Microfibre cloths are made from tiny tendrils of polyester and polyamide which pick up dirt and moisture effectively. Unfortunately these tiny tendrils also break down easily during use and whenever they are used or washed, they release micro-plastics into your home and into our waterways, which eventually ends up in the ocean!
We really don't know how long micro-plastics take to break down completely in the ocean. What we do know, is that they are damaging to marine life and put animals, such as the Laysan Albatross, under threat of extinction. This problem also effects albatross' closer to home!
Another little known side effect is that microfibres can cause micro-abrasions on surfaces. If the microfibre cloth is poor quality or it isn't 100% clean (remember, these micro-fibres are great at trapping dirt!) these micro-abrasions can damage the protective coatings on your taps or your vehicle!