We All Need Microfibre Filters

63% of shrimp in the North Sea contain synthetic fibres

Microfibres

Stop Ocean Threads - Microfibre Campaign. We need to call for legislation that will see washing machine manufacturers fit microfibre filters in all new domestic and commercial machines, by law, by 2023 and retrofitted in commercial machines by 2024.

Microfibres are fibres that are released from textiles when laundered. Though predominantly they are from synthetic fibres, they can also be released from natural and cellulosic fibres. The focus has been on synthetic fibres as these are essentially micro plastics that will never breakdown, and end up in our waterways, into the stomachs of our wildlife.

No matter how hard you try, you’ll most likely have synthetic fabric of some form within your laundry basket. There are products on the market which can capture these microfibres to prevent them finding their way into the ocean.

I personally use a Cora Ball, which is as simple as throwing it into the washing machine drum with a wash (delicates and strappy garments should be placed inside a net laundry bag first/hand-washed separately, so they won’t get tangled in the ball). The ball both catches microfibres in the washing machine water as well as reducing the amount of microfibres released from fabrics in the wash, thus increasing the life of your garments.

There are also specialist laundry bags (Guppybags) where you place your garments into first before putting in the wash. These bags will capture the microfibres so they don't go into the sewers. Both these products are available via ethical stores and marketplaces across the globe.

Though these products are currently on the market, you have to know about them to be able to purchase them. If the filters were incorporated into washing machines, that would be a lot more microfibres captured. Protect our wildlife.

Please, add your voice to this petition: Stop Ocean Threads - Microfibres Campaign, to call for legislation that will see washing machine manufacturers fit microfibre filters in all new domestic and commercial machines, by law, by 2023 and retrofitted in commercial machines by 2024.

 

Image from Marine Conservation Society https://www.mcsuk.org/campaigns/microfibrecampaign-home

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