University of NSW
Microfibre pollution & cotton
Session 4 Australia – our place in the global market – customers & competitors
Wednesday August 08 at 8:30 am
Dr Mark Browne’s work is on understanding the sources, fate and impacts of pollutants and developing novel methods to avoid, intercept and redesign products that cause pollution.
Mark’s research was the first to show that (i) when clothes are worn and washed, they emit fibres into the environment via sewage and stormwater that cause their global dispersion from the Poles to the Equator and from the shallows down to oceanic depths; (ii) clothing fibres are the most abundant plastic contaminant on the planet; (iii) polymers of this size can be persistent, biomacumulative and toxic to wildlife.
To solve clothing fibre pollution Mark’s Benign by Design program (www.launch.org/innovators/mark-browne/) partners with industry (e.g. Eileen Fisher, Environmental Enhancements) and government (e.g. Australian Research Council, NSW EPA, Melbourne and South Australia Water, Mosman Council) to develop products and methods that result in fewer and less toxic clothing fibres in the environment.