This book examines the critical issue of environmental pollutants produced by the textiles industry.

Comprised of contributions from environmental scientists and materials and textiles scientists, this edited volume addresses the environmental impact of microplastics, with a particular focus on microfibres released by textiles into marine and water environments. The chapters in Part I offer environmental perspectives focusing on the measurement of microplastics in the environment, their ingestion by small plankton and larger filter feeders, the effects of consuming microplastics, and the role of microplastics as a vector for transferring toxic contaminants in food webs. Written by environmental and material scientists, the chapters in Part II present potential solutions to the problem of microplastics released from textiles, discussing parameters of influence, water treatment, degradation in marine environment, textile end-of-life management, textile manufacturing and laundry, possible policy measures. This is a much needed volume which brings together in one place environmental research with technical solutions in order to provide a cohesive and practical approach to mitigating and preventing environmental pollution from the textiles industry going forward.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental conservation and management, environmental pollution and environmental chemistry and toxicology, sustainability, as well as students and scholars of material and textiles science, textile engineering and sustainable manufacturing.

1. Introduction  Part 1: Environmental Problems  2. Microfiber Methodologies for the Field and Laboratory.  3. Animal and microplastics – Ingestion, transport, breakdown, and trophic transfer  4. Clothes encounters of the microfiber kind: the effects of natural and synthetic textiles on organisms.  5. Microplastics from textiles as a source of toxic chemical contamination  Part 2: Textile Solutions  6. Detection and quantification of microfibre shedding from textiles: different methods but common findings  7. Wastewater treatment approaches to remove microplastics: Microfibers incidence and fate  8. Degradation of [fibrous] microplastics in the marine environment  9. Sourcing and Re-sourcing end-of-use textiles  10. Innovative approaches to mitigate microplastics of fibrous shape  11. Policies and perspectives on regulating microplastic fibre pollution  12. Summary