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Textile microfibres threaten post-COVID health

Published: 2021-02-26

GRONINGEN – New research suggests that the presence of textile microfibres in human lungs could make it difficult for the body to recover from respiratory infections and viruses, such as COVID-19.

Academics at Groningen University, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory exposed air sac organoids (serving as miniature lungs) to both nylon and polyester over two weeks, finding them to be detrimental to lung tissue regeneration.

It follows research published last year by King’s College London found that 92 per cent of all the microplastics collected on the roof of a nine-storey building contained ‘fibrous’ material.

Source:Eco Textile