Clothing Sustainability

A project conducted in Dr. Grella’s research course.

Julissa Vasquez, Research Student

Julissa Vasquez

The clothing industry is often criticized for its large resource usage in environmentally unfriendly raw material productionThroughout clothing production, earth is not able to support the use of natural resources, including raw materials such as energy, water and landOver time, particles of this clothing will enter the ecosystem and increase over time. These microfibers particles may be contaminating and harmful.

In this research, unwanted clothing with tags indicating its fabric composition was used to mimic microfiber breakdown.  Six different pieces of clothing were cut into 8 x 8 squares and were twisted to prevent injury. A 13 x 9 inch Tupperware was used to collect the fibers and each twisted fabric was gently held on the sander for thirty seconds for three trials. Each trial was then taken to the lab to be weighed onto the scale. To solve this issue of microfiber pollution, we must buy environmentally friendly clothing that causes less harm onto our environment. 

Julissa Velasquez

Many fashion companies recognize the importance of sustainability in their business and incorporate green practices into their supply chain. For example, H&M has constructed its sustainable supply chain in developing environmentally friendly materials. Also, a possible option is purchasing Virgin Wools, which produced the least number of fibers.

This study is being constructed in order to understand microfiber pollution around the world. of becoming more informed of the knowledge of microfiber pollution around the world. Additional research will be able to provide a deeper and more accurate estimation of thearth’s microfiber pollution.