Rozalia Project Microfiber Expedition

Year: 2016

Location: Hudson River, NY

Hudson River Microfiber Expedition

Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean

The single biggest plastic pollution problem facing our ocean is microfiber: trillions of pieces of  tiny fibers flowing into the ocean – every time we use our washing machines. Our synthetic  clothing is breaking up, sending this plastic microfiber out with the drain water – up to 1,900  pieces per garment per wash. NYC, alone, could have 6.8 billion microfibers flowing into its harbor every day.

Plastic microfibers are ingested by creatures at all levels of the marine food web, transferring toxic pollutants (DDT & PCBs) into the marine food web and It is ending up on our plates. This is a problem that must be addressed. There are no filter technologies currently available. This is not a problem easily regulated away, but Rozalia Project has developed the world’s first consumer solution to this problem! Our patent-pending microfiber catcher is a human-scale solution, one that everyone can be part of simply by washing their clothes with our catcher in their washing machines – whether they are at home, in a laundromat or on their sailboat.

Rozalia Project’s Hudson River Expedition is a 1st of its kind research and education mission to sample an entire river, from the mountains to the sea. We will investigate type, concentration and distribution as well as relationships to population and other microplastic. While this is the biggest plastic pollution problem facing our ocean, very few people know about it. Yet. This expedition will change that through in-person events with great partners, through media (traditional and social) and by collecting images and videos, publishing papers and creating replicable educational activities.

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Hudson River Microfiber Expedition will start at the headwaters to the river in the Lake of the Clouds and travel down to NY Harbor and offshore.

 

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Water samples will be collected throughout the expedition and analyzed on board for the presence of microfibers and other tiny plastic pollution.

Rozalia Project Microfiber Expedition

Sampling will be done in highly populated and rural areas to understand how microfiber pollution corresponds to population density.

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Photo of Rozalia Projects Microfiber Catcher, designed to capture microfibers when you wash your synthetic clothes.

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Image of microfiber catcher being tested in a load of laundry.

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