Episode 17: Are You Eating Your Clothes? How the Plastics In Clothing Might Be Impacting Your Health & the Planet – with Heather Young

Are you eating your clothes?

That’s a crazy question, right? But, the answer is most likely, YES.

Your clothes are shedding microfibers with every wash & these microfibers might just be a bigger deal than plastic straws when it comes to the environmental impact we all need to be aware of.

Listen to this episode on iTunes or Spotify, or play directly below.

Studies have shown that microfibers are flooding our planet – in fact, they’ve even been detected in beer, sea salt, small fish, and more.

No one is talking about this loudly enough yet, which is exactly why we’re so excited to bring back Heather Young, co-founder of SHE Changes Everything. She’s here to talk about something she’s deeply passionate about: microfibers, and how they’re impacting your health and the health of the planet.

The quickest way to think about microfibers is to visualize all the lint you scrap out of your dryer after drying a load of clothes. If you pull that apart you are looking at microfibers – many of which have already been washed away in the washing machine – yet we don’t ever clean a filter out from our washing machines.

A microfiber is a tiny fiber that breaks off of clothing when it is used or washed.

FACT: The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources estimates that 0.6 – 1.7 million tons of microfibers are released into the ocean every year.

In this episode: We talk about the canary in the coal mine, plastic and how it effects your health, what microfibers are, where they come from, and how you’re creating them – and why it’s not your fault!

Honestly, if you are dealing with a chronic illness, always fatigued, or your skin is breaking out and elimination diets aren’t helping, this is an episode you don’t want to miss. We break down a new way to look at the clothes you wear, which can be a powerful step to healing your body and taking a chemical load off of it.

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Hang with us here… we aren’t trying to make your life harder.

This is another area of your life where you can make intentional choices to support your health and your impact on the planet.

Our biggest emphasis is that you have power as a woman and power as a consumer.

We have a lot of simple solutions you can start immediately and Heather has her favorite 14 ways you can stop creating microfibers here.

We talk about the Guppyfriend, a washing bag that filters microfibers,in this episode, and here’s where you can check it out and learn more.

And if this episode gets you curious, we suggest these additional resources on microfibers:



& Remember, most of the time you have the power to decide what you bring into your life and what you say “No” to. That’s something that’s always worth celebrating!


LASTLY – we want to get the solution into your hands!

We’re Hosting a GIVEAWAY.

SHE Changes Everything and Critical Conversations are teaming up to give one of you a Guppyfriend!

We wish we could give one to everybody, but until then – we will be choosing one lucky winner on December 19th, 2018.

TO ENTER:  all we ask in return is for you to leave us a rating & review on iTunes for this particular episode and share what simple changes you’ve made since discovering us. Mention “Episode 17” in your review and include your name & instagram handle if you can.

If you prefer to keep private – you can always take a screenshot of your review and send it to us with your name and contact info via email to enter the giveaway. contact@criticalconversationspodcast.com

Each review helps new listeners find us within the podcast app & we can’t thank you enough for helping us grow!

We will announce the winner on our Instagram @CriticalConversations – so make sure you’re following us there!

This Giveaway Period will close on December 18, 2018 at 11:59pmPST.


we truly appreciate you for expanding this conversation with us!

comment below and let us know what questions, comments or ideas you might have for future episodes. all questions welcome!


The Critical Conversations Team

In this episode: Briana Reesing & Heather Young



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