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What Are Microfibers? Here's What You Can Do to Avoid Them

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As if statistics about the fast fashion industry weren't horrifying enough, microfibers had to come along and make us feel bad about wearing synthetic fabrics — even if they were purchased secondhand or made from recycled plastic. Essentially, microfibers are a form of microplastics that our synthetic clothing releases every time we do laundry. Here's everything you need to know about microfibers, how they impact the planet, and how to reduce the amount that you produce. (It's not as complicated as it sounds, promise.)

A microfiber is defined as a synthetic fiber (aka one that is derived from petroleum) that is extremely small in diameter. The term is used to describe two distinctly different things: microfiber fabric and microfibers that are pollutants. Microfiber fabric, also known as microsuede fabric, is made up of fibers that are approximately 1/100th the diameter of a human hair, meaning approximately 200,000 fibers are needed to comprise one square inch of fabric, according to Microfiber Wholesale. Microfiber fabrics are excellent at things like picking up dirt, absorbing liquid, and removing makeup.