Two years ago, I was sitting on a train to London reviewing research about the most polluting textile fabrics. Yet again, fleece topped the list, and I sat there feeling rather smug – my own wardrobe contained none.


And then it hit me. My children owned numerous fleece items, courtesy of their school uniforms – as did, presumably, kids across the land. Within ten minutes, I was wildly typing a letter to the Scottish Government requesting action.


“These synthetic products often contain a high level of chemicals, many of which are toxic and hormone-disturbing,” I explained. “Washing synthetic clothes releases half a million tonnes of plastic microfibres every year. These microfibres contribute to the pollution of our groundwater, our drinking water and to our lakes and oceans. 


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