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Old 24-10-2021, 10:54   #1
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Fabrics and micro plastics

Not sure if I am putting this in the right category - but it seemed the closest*.

I have long been a fan of plastic microfiber clothing for boating. They are nowadays woven to breathe pretty well, they don't much stain, wash easily, and dry much faster than cotton. The drying thing is my biggest issue - cotton seems to take forever and I'll be darned if one doesn't blow off of the lifelines because they are out there so long. The microfiber stuff seems to dry in 1/5 the time.

But is becoming clearer that every time we wash these fabrics, some of the fibers come free and go into the water. In my case, I typically hand wash small bits of clothing right on the stern of the boat, so I am directly rinsing this into our ocean.

So, here is the question - are there any natural fiber fabrics that have the quick-drying attributes of microfiber?





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Old 24-10-2021, 19:46   #2
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Bamboo? Hemp?
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Bamboo? Hemp?
Good thought - I wondered about those. Do they dry more like the microfibers or like cotton? I also wondered about Rayon, which I understand to be biodegradable (though it is nasty to manufacture).
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Re: Fabrics and micro plastics

One important feature of bamboo is its absorbency.

Bamboo fabrics are very absorbent. This is a fabulous characteristic of bamboo towels, and moisture-wicking bamboo socks.
But when it comes time for drying, the super absorbent bamboo items will take longer.
When bamboo comes out of the washer [by whatever method], fully wet, it can be pretty heavy. So when it hangs up, it will sag pretty low, and sometimes there’s a risk of things stretching a garment out of shape.

Bamboo is usually sold as an eco-friendly textile, which is partially true, as the bamboo plant is potentially one of the world's most sustainable resources. It grows very quickly and easily, it doesn’t need pesticide or fertilizers, and it doesn’t need to be replanted after harvest, because it grows new sprouts from the roots.
However, to turn bamboo into fiber, bamboo is processed with strong chemical solvents, that are potentially harmful to the health of manufacturing workers, the consumers wearing the garment, and for the environment, when chemicals are released in wastewater.

Bamboo fabric is a type of rayon often called "bamboo rayon".
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Old 25-10-2021, 04:42   #5
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Wool.
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Old 25-10-2021, 05:45   #6
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Silk is really good and you shouldn't dismiss linen and cotton too easily. Just don't get your usual shirts at Walmart, look at the stuff used in India for saris. If the cloth is light enough, it dries quickly. My girlfriend loved the wear this stuff on board.
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Merino wool. Amazing fabric for marine use.
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I'd love to find a solution to this issue too. Microplastics' pervasive contamination of the environment is major issue, IMHO. Of course, every generation chooses to wear blinders, and kick the can down the road.

Naturally - Big Oil loves new plastics manufacturing, so we're doomed. Simple as that really...
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Re: Fabrics and micro plastics

There's a product, a ball, that goes into your washing machine, and it absorbs the stray fibers so that they don't go out with the waste water. I can't remember the name off of the top of my head, I'll have to google it.
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Do not wear bamboo clothing when visiting Panda bears. Smile.
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Don’t wear clothes—End of problem!
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