“Nearly every place researchers have looked, they’ve found microplastics, from the deepest recesses of the ocean to the vast open landscapes. ...on Everest...trekkers and mountaineers are likely most to blame.
Synthetic fabrics constantly shed trace amounts of fibers as they're worn. One study found that a gram of synthetic clothing releases 400 microplastic fibers every 20 minutes of use, which could add up to a billion fibers a year for a coat weighing around two pounds.
The microplastics on Everest are largely made up of polyester, followed by acrylic, nylon, and polypropylene—materials all commonly used in outdoor gear. The plastics were also in greater concentration wherever humans most commonly camp.”
Freddie Wilkinson. “Microplastics found near Everest’s peak, highest ever detected in the world.”
National Geographic Magazine. November 20, 2020
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