Home washing machines: Source of potentially harmful ocean ‘microplastic’ pollution

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Scientists are reporting that household washing machines seem to be a major source of so-called “microplastic” pollution – bits of polyester and acrylic smaller than the head of a pin – that they now have detected on ocean shorelines worldwide.

Their report describing this potentially harmful material appears in ACS’ journal Environmental Science and Technology.

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