Clothing fibres are the most abundant form of plastic found in the ecosystem. This global pollution has increased by 450% in 60-years. While the use of natural fibres in place of plastic and filters are marketed as eco-friendly products that mitigate fibre pollution, scientific evidence is lacking.
This PhD will determine how natural and plastic fibres of clothing, clothing brands and filters alter fibre emissions and ecotoxicological impacts to aquatic wildlife via sewage. This cutting-edge research will underpin global efforts by the public, government and companies to reduce fibre pollution.
The candidate will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated excellence in ecotoxicology, environmental science and engineering relative to career-stage. Technical skills and experience of designing environmental surveys and experiments, life-cycle assessment, multifactorial statistics, vibrational spectroscopy and social engagement would be beneficial.