School of Architecture, Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
Student: Georgina Annenberg
Faculty: Leonel Lima Ponce, Ira Stern
Microfibers are textile-derived, tiny specks, and one of the biggest sources of microplastic pollution in the ocean. Microfibers have infiltrated our water bodies and made their way up the food chain, threatening aquatic ecosystems and potentially human health. Research on microfibers is emergent, so the full range of effects is not known, but long term exposure to plastic is unlikely to be healthy. Possible upstream and downstream solutions need to be explored so that microfiber pollution can be mitigated, regulated and eventually eliminated, if possible.