Governments should intervene and regulate the production, even if it means the product will become more expensive. That way, stores are not stocked with harmful products, and average people can make the right choice by not even having a choice. The only way to achieve this is through political action IMO. Others have suggested, “buy less jeans”. This is not a scalable solution. When I go to a store, I can’t possibly read up on every scientific article about the ecological impacts of my decision.
I’m a little surprised it hasn’t been mentioned in this thread yet, but I use a Guppyfriend for all my clothes that contain plastic (polyester, spandex). I’m sure there are other brands of microfiber-catching bags out there too. You really can see the fibers in the corners of the bag after a wash, it’s kind of crazy to think of all that plastic making its way to the ocean just from trying to have clean clothes.
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