The Issue Needs More Research & Collaboration
From our survey, it can be suggested that synthetic material dominates peoples’ wardrobes in Australia, without knowledge of the consequences. Thanks to Dr. Mark Browne, we now know that microfiber pollution is a troubling issue on the ocean. One of the most common answers that came up with Clara is that there needs to be more research.
“We unfortunately can’t blindly start suggesting stopping the use of synthetic materials in textile design without fully researching and understanding microfiber pollution”
There are several areas that need further research to help designers reduce microfiber shedding from clothing, in particular, research on differences between specific synthetic and natural materials. Further research and collaboration between the science and textile world could help find a solution faster.
Changing Textiles In The Design & Production Phase
Changes during the design and production phase could reduce microfiber pollution according to Swedish fashion research organisation Mistra Future Fashion. The group published a 2017 report exploring three key findings.
If ultrasound cutting is applied in the cut & sew process, less brushing and removal in the production stage reduces microplastics shedding overall on the garment. The designer could also consider the environmental outcome of their choices in the design phase.
“The designer needs to be mindful of their material choice dependant on the use/type of garment”