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Move quickly and make small changes: how to reduce the impact of your polyester clothes

By Lucianne Tonti

21 Feb 2022 · 4 min read

From washing-machine filters to blotting stains, a few simple steps can reduce the environmental impact of caring for the garments

When I told a friend I was writing about the most environmentally friendly way to care for polyester, he joked: “Put it in the bin.” Since polyester is a plastic that won’t biodegrade in landfill, he’s definitely wrong. But his joke reflects a growing concern that polyester clothing is an environmental hazard.

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