Aside from being uncomfortable and static-y, that is.
Seems that the newfangled synthetic fabrics shed teeny-tiny nanolint, which ends up in oceans and whatnot.
This, though, seems like a dumb non-solution:
"It would be really great if the washing machine companies would get on board and come up with a filter to trap these microfibers," Wessel said.
Nope. Nopity nope nope.
We're talking about really tiny particles here, right? Like, smaller than common dust'n'dirt?
Such a filter would clog up immediately, leaving the washing machine's user with a sludgy mess to dispose of. Likely a fair amount of it would get washed down an unfiltered utility-sink drain. And, sooner or later, the filter would be removed for good, because it was causing problems.
Only place to address this (aside from not having those stupid pseudo-fabrics in the first place) is at the sewage treatment plant, which is supposed to be removing all particles great and small before releasing the water, innit?