By LARA GALINARI, age 11

PHOTO: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region
PHOTO: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

In 2011, a study by ecologist Mark Browne showed that tiny fibers from artificial clothing were being released into the ocean. These fibers could be the largest source of plastic in the oceans, which cause damage to the environment. Browne tried to partner with leaders of big clothing brands like Nike and Patagonia to develop “new, more durable materials that do not emit so much microplastic,” but nobody agreed.