Microfiber is a synthetic material used in many different products, including clothing, cleaning cloths, and sheets. Although synthetic fabrics are generally not considered environmentally friendly, microfiber cleaning cloths in particular have a complicated relationship with sustainability. They’re often touted as a green alternative to paper towels and cleaning chemicals — if you have microfiber cloths on hand, you don’t need most household cleaners.
But does this admittedly excellent benefit of microfiber cloths outweigh the environmental damage they and other microfiber items do to the environment?
Here, we explore the dark underbelly of microfiber pollution with Grove’s own cleaning and sustainability experts.