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(WBUR Boston)   So never wash your clothes, that's the lesson I'm getting here   (wbur.org) divider line
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2019-08-29 11:35:14 AM  
I know there's been a problem with such things for a very long time. In the old Scout manuals, the classic firestarter was dryer lint, and when everything was cotton or linen, it worked very well. Now that there's polyester and other artificial fibers that produce unhealthy smoke, that recommendation is gone.
 
2019-08-29 11:50:38 AM  
I save all my laundry lint to make yurts for underprivileged Mongolians.
 
2019-08-29 12:01:14 PM  
In a universe composed of thousands of atoms, a million particles is a stupendously large amount.
 
2019-08-29 12:15:08 PM  
I'm sort of worried what's going to happen when plastic eating microbes evolve.
 
2019-08-29 12:15:46 PM  
Meh.  I own very few clothes that aren't 100% cotton.  I can't stand the way synthetics feel on my skin.

/Winter jackets are the main exception
 
2019-08-29 12:15:51 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: I save all my laundry lint to make yurts for underprivileged Mongolians.


that's woke dude
 
2019-08-29 12:18:25 PM  
I save my dryer lint to make into artisan toilet paper.

My ass smells like Bounce.

/yours can, too
 
2019-08-29 12:21:00 PM  
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2019-08-29 12:22:14 PM  
Simple solution. Burn your dirty clothes and buy new ones. It's better for the environments.
 
2019-08-29 12:22:20 PM  
Yes, Subby, don't wash your clothes because of fibers.
Also, don't shower because of micro-beads.
 
2019-08-29 12:23:14 PM  

SurelyShirley: Simple solution. Burn your dirty clothes and buy new ones. It's better for the environments.


my backyard fire has been burning since 2001. old tires, boxes and some bodies
 
2019-08-29 12:24:07 PM  

Sword and Shield: I know there's been a problem with such things for a very long time. In the old Scout manuals, the classic firestarter was dryer lint, and when everything was cotton or linen, it worked very well. Now that there's polyester and other artificial fibers that produce unhealthy smoke, that recommendation is gone.


All smoke is unhealthy. It's just a question of how toxic you want it to be.
 
2019-08-29 12:25:39 PM  
All this time he was green in more than one way.
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2019-08-29 12:27:17 PM  
It's 2019!  Where's my silver space suit?!  We were PROMISED silver space suits!!!
 
2019-08-29 12:28:28 PM  
Save the environment. Just kill yourself. Nope your decaying corps will release toxic gasses.
 
2019-08-29 12:28:53 PM  

LoneCoon: I'm sort of worried what's going to happen when plastic eating microbes evolve.


They destroy the room-temperature superconductors and cause the Ringworld civilization to collapse.
 
2019-08-29 12:29:55 PM  
Every Time You Wash Clothes, Millions Of Microfibers Are Released Into The Water

And since "micro" is the prefix for "one millionth," the corrected headline should read:

Every Time You Wash Clothes, Fibers Are Released Into The Water
 
2019-08-29 12:45:24 PM  
Natural fibers are always best.
 
2019-08-29 12:48:06 PM  
Why can't we just stone anyone wearing a mix of fibers, like from Leviticus 19:19?

It IS an abomination before god.

All natural fibers, all the time.

Now imagine if derpy Talabangelicals made THIS their hill to die on instead of hatred for teh gheys?
 
2019-08-29 12:52:16 PM  

PluckYew: Why can't we just stone anyone wearing a mix of fibers, like from Leviticus 19:19?

It IS an abomination before god.

All natural fibers, all the time.

Now imagine if derpy Talabangelicals made THIS their hill to die on instead of hatred for teh gheys?


Who wants to wear a beautiful fiber like linen and mix it with something itchie like wool?

They deserve a good stoning.
 
2019-08-29 12:52:23 PM  
Hemp clothing is the answer!
 
2019-08-29 12:53:42 PM  
I don't know if it's been tested for these kinds of fibers, but my mom always had an old piece of pantyhose tightly fixed onto the washer drain hose, which went into a utility sink next to it. And it did fill up over time with a bunch of crap.

I realized the other day I should be doing the same thing, I just need to pick some up since I don't wear them.
 
2019-08-29 12:53:59 PM  

cyberspacedout: Sword and Shield: I know there's been a problem with such things for a very long time. In the old Scout manuals, the classic firestarter was dryer lint, and when everything was cotton or linen, it worked very well. Now that there's polyester and other artificial fibers that produce unhealthy smoke, that recommendation is gone.

All smoke is unhealthy. It's just a question of how toxic you want it to be.


Well, yeah, but burning cotton or linen is a lot less toxic overall than burning polyester.
 
2019-08-29 12:54:27 PM  

findthefish: Hemp clothing is the answer!



Definitely stoning, in several different ways.
 
2019-08-29 12:57:37 PM  
I just buy a new wardrobe every week and donate the old stuff to Goodwill.

It gives me leverage to claim that Goodwill is ruining the world.

So far, so good.
 
2019-08-29 12:59:53 PM  
Every time you breathe, you omit carbon dioxide. In large doses, this can be very dangerous to my health. So for my sake, I'd appreciate it if everyone would stop breathing.
 
2019-08-29 1:00:21 PM  

Resident Muslim: Yes, Subby, don't wash your clothes because of fibers.
Also, don't shower because of micro-beads.


If all us stopped doing those things at the same time, we'd all universally sink and our noses would adjust. We'd be saving the environment and the only ones worse off for it would be the insects who dropped dead out of the air when they encountered our stench auras.

Sounds like  a win to me.
 
2019-08-29 1:04:32 PM  
About the only synthetic fibers I ever wear are rayon and modal and not much of that

Cotton, wool, feathers and leather cannot be improved upon I discovered that in the 90s when they started coming out with synthetic outerwear for hiking

synthetic sleeping bag lasts about three or four years if that
a good down bag is forever

same thing in the sixties, god polyester sucks

all cotton pocket tees and Levi big bells for the win
 
2019-08-29 1:06:30 PM  
And nylon, is cool for a shell
 
2019-08-29 1:13:12 PM  
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2019-08-29 1:16:00 PM  
If clothing was simply made from sea creatures, there wouldn't be a problem.
 
2019-08-29 1:21:32 PM  
When Asia starts working with us to address the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, then I will start to be concerned about microfibers that are washing off my clothes.
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2019-08-29 1:28:11 PM  

zepillin: About the only synthetic fibers I ever wear are rayon and modal and not much of that

Cotton, wool, feathers and leather cannot be improved upon I discovered that in the 90s when they started coming out with synthetic outerwear for hiking

synthetic sleeping bag lasts about three or four years if that
a good down bag is forever

same thing in the sixties, god polyester sucks

all cotton pocket tees and Levi big bells for the win


Hell yes. All my cold weather gear is leather, wool and duffel/cotton. My greatcoat is wool- German Navy surplus, works as a blanket as well.
 
2019-08-29 1:28:47 PM  
asia blames us for the garbage patch, yet in every picture i have seen, none of them are in English...
 
2019-08-29 1:39:02 PM  

Sword and Shield: I know there's been a problem with such things for a very long time. In the old Scout manuals, the classic firestarter was dryer lint, and when everything was cotton or linen, it worked very well. Now that there's polyester and other artificial fibers that produce unhealthy smoke, that recommendation is gone.


And that's why real living history people laugh at cheap reenactors.  Real wool gets a little singed by fires.  Cheap overseas-made uniforms are a wool-polyester blend, and burn easily.
 
2019-08-29 1:51:36 PM  

LoneCoon: I'm sort of worried what's going to happen when plastic eating microbes evolve.


https://www.popsci.com/bacteria-enzym​e​-plastic-waste/

It took a hell of a long time for fungi to break down the tough cellulose structure that allowed them to grow more frigid and upright. And some theories think the trunk debris could have been hundreds of feet deep if conditions were right, possibly in valleys or washed up on shorelines. That is one idea of where petroleum reserves and or coal come from.
 
2019-08-29 1:54:04 PM  

AppleOptionEsc: LoneCoon: I'm sort of worried what's going to happen when plastic eating microbes evolve.

https://www.popsci.com/bacteria-enzyme​-plastic-waste/

It took a hell of a long time for fungi to break down the tough cellulose structure that allowed them to grow more frigid and upright. And some theories think the trunk debris could have been hundreds of feet deep if conditions were right, possibly in valleys or washed up on shorelines. That is one idea of where petroleum reserves and or coal come from.


I accidentally a sentence. Trees. Oil used to be trees.
 
2019-08-29 2:13:48 PM  

Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: When Asia starts working with us to address the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, then I will start to be concerned about microfibers that are washing off my clothes.
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Be the change you want to see in the world
 
2019-08-29 2:30:53 PM  

allthesametome: Natural fibers are always best.


You can have my 4% spandex underpants when you pry them off my dry, comfortable balls.
 
2019-08-29 2:34:15 PM  

LoneCoon: I'm sort of worried what's going to happen when plastic eating microbes evolve.


i thought this is why some versions of the future everything is made of chrome.  isnt it?
 
2019-08-29 2:34:35 PM  

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Seinfeld did it first.
 
2019-08-29 2:35:05 PM  
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2019-08-29 3:33:21 PM  

LoneCoon: I'm sort of worried what's going to happen when plastic eating microbes evolve.


They'll thrive in the ocean and besides not building plastic-bottomed boats nothing else will change. Oil-decomposing microbes already exist and we don't worry about them destroying cars, they exist in a completely different biome.
 
2019-08-29 3:56:08 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: Meh.  I own very few clothes that aren't 100% cotton.  I can't stand the way synthetics feel on my skin.

/Winter jackets are the main exception


You love the way winter jackets feel on your skin?

/weird
 
2019-08-29 5:02:28 PM  

LoneCoon: I'm sort of worried what's going to happen when plastic eating microbes evolve.


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Designed, instead of evolved, but yeah it sucks. Also have to deal with nanobots that create sulfuric acid in the presence of electrical fields, which fries every electrical device. Toss in a few fusion bombs, and big ass orbital drop rocks, and you got a kick ass story.
 
2019-08-29 5:11:53 PM  
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YOU WANT TO TALK POLLUTION
 
2019-08-29 5:19:45 PM  
Country cow folks here.
For years I have been running the waste water from my washing machine into my fig trees and muscadine green grapes. They both produce prodigiously. Nobody has ever gotten sick. Never have noticed anything different about the soil.
 
2019-08-29 6:14:28 PM  

zepillin: About the only synthetic fibers I ever wear are rayon and modal and not much of that

Cotton, wool, feathers and leather cannot be improved upon I discovered that in the 90s when they started coming out with synthetic outerwear for hiking

synthetic sleeping bag lasts about three or four years if that
a good down bag is forever

same thing in the sixties, god polyester sucks

all cotton pocket tees and Levi big bells for the win


Meh. My mummy bag dates back to 1987 and is still going strong.

And for the article, who discharges their washing machine into the ocean? Mine goes to a dry-well. And if it didn't go there, it would be the septic tank. And if it didn't go there, it would be the city water treatment plant. Etc.
 
2019-08-29 10:58:58 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: Meh.  I own very few clothes that aren't 100% cotton.  I can't stand the way synthetics feel on my skin.

/Winter jackets are the main exception


I had a hell of a time recently finding affordable 100% (or 90+% cotton) socks. Crap like Hanes and Fruit of the Loom are like 95% Polyester...I bought a pack once and it was farking disgusting. Moisture wicking, my ass.

/Special ordered some Dickies socks from Target.com? for not much more than the hanes, and they are thicker and mostly cotton.
 
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