Why We Don't Use Recycled Polyester // Micro Plastic Waste

Recycled Polyester... made from recycled plastic water bottles!? That sounds like a great idea!!

In theory it sounds amazing-- turning trash into new, useable, functional clothing. But scientists and ocean experts are finding these fibers are causing a new plastic pollution problem... microfiber plastic waste!

You're probably asking: What in the world are you talking about?! How could such a good idea be causing even more issues?! 

Here's how it works:

  • We drink from single use disposable plastic bottles

  • The bottles get recycled

  • Companies break down the plastic and knit it into polyester

  • Clothing is made from the fabric made of recycled plastic bottles

  • We wear these new garments and then we wash them

  • During the washing process, the fabric starts to break back down and sheds small tiny, microscopic pieces of plastic back into the waterways

  • These small plastic bits of clothing end up back in our oceans. 

  • These particles pollute our ocean, end up in the bellies of fish, and if you eat fish, they can end up in your belly as well!

What is Miakoda doing about this?!

As a company, we choose to stay away from recycled polyester. Instead, we have made athletic leggings from the softest, stretchiest, moisture wicking bamboo, organic cotton, spandex blend. Organic cotton is actually absorbent which is why we don't recommend working out in our classic legging. The addition of the bamboo [which makes up 60% of the fabric content], allows the fabric to be extra soft and wick moisture away from the body!  

What can I do about this?!

  1. The most important thing we can do is SAY NO TO SINGLE USE PLASTIC. Refusing to use disposable bottles means less plastic pollution. Instead, use a reusable bottle [you'll save money in the long run and save the planet too!]. 

  2. Opt for natural fibers instead of those made from plastic [no polyester and acrylic] or opt for fabrics that have a smaller fabric content of these harsh synthetics. 

  3. Choose items that you won’t wash frequently when picking items made from recycled plastic. We recommend things like coats, bags, shoes, as opposed to athletic wear that’s washed after every use. If recycled polyester is the better option [example: swimwear] we recommend going with the recycled version!

  4. If you already have a bunch of synthetic clothing, no need to get rid of it. We suggest checking out the GUPPYFRIEND Washing Bag-- a special bag created to wash your synthetics in that catches microwaste [genius, right?!].


Julia Ahrens