Hudson River, NY
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 changes 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.