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Trash-Free Waters

What You Should Know About Microfiber Pollution

The second article in the EPA Trash Free Waters Article Series explains how our clothes are contributing to the plastic pollution problem. It also provides tips for how you can help reduce the flow of microfibers from your clothes into waterways. 

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