Over 92% of the microplastics found were fibers, with 73% of those fibers coming from polyester. Clothes washing has been touted before as a significant source of microplastic pollution. 96 of 97 water samples taken in the area had microplastics in them.
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“We’re looking at a dominance of Atlantic inputs, which means sources of textile fibres in the North Atlantic from Europe and North America are likely to be driving the contamination in the Arctic Ocean,” said Peter Ross, at Ocean Wise Conservation Association in Canada, who led the study, in The Guardian. “With these polyester fibres, we’ve essentially created a cloud throughout the world’s oceans. The Arctic is, yet again, at the receiving end of pollutants from the south. It’s certainly cause for concern, when we realise that the Inuit people rely very heavily on aquatic foods.”
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