Tom takes his ‘blue fleece of doom’ to the experts – Professor Richard Thompson has been leading research on marine plastics for many years. He and Imogen Napper at the University of Plymouth have offered to wash his fleece to show how much it’s shedding, where the fibres go and to discuss how much of a threat they might be to animals and humans.
Is Tom to purge the plastics and pursue a life of naturism…or natural fibres only?
Sophie Mather from Biov8tion hopes not. She says plastics have ‘many beautiful benefits’ and it’s just a case of developing ‘good’ synthetic yarns. After being frustrated by the pace of microfibre research she crowdfunded to commission research form the University of Leeds to assess which factors affect breakage. Her years in textile innovation for some of the world’s largest brands makes her believe fabrics can be designed to shed less and she is sharing the research with industry. Can she help save the synthetics and the fish?
Presented by Tom Heap
Produced by Anne-Marie Bullock.