Unfortunately, one of the ways that microplastics are entering the water (and therefore the food chain) is by washing synthetic garments, including some of the fabrics mentioned in this article. Fortunately, new technologies are available to help lower one’s environmental wake. For example, a Cora Ball can be thrown in the washing machine with synthetic clothes, and its spiky arms collect stray filaments. Bag-style solutions, including Patagonia’s GuppyFriend, also exist. Simply put your soiled synthetics in the water-permeable bag, seal it, and then toss it in the washing machine; once the wash cycle is complete, remove the microfibers from the bag and then hang-dry the gear, which uses less energy and puts less wear-and-tear on the clothing.