The challenges of washing synthetic materials
With each wash, plastic fibers from synthetic textiles can break off and make their way from washing machines into the water system, ultimately landing in oceans and rivers.
It is a predicament we are very aware of: whilst we are removing plastics from oceans and landfill through the use of post-consumer recycled yarns, we don't want our garments to create pollution issues through the shedding of microfibers.
This can be reduced by adjusting washing practices:
- Wash on a cool wash (30 degrees)
- Reduce spin cycle or skip this altogether
- Wash for a shorter amount of time
- Use less detergent
- Don’t wash heavy items such as shoes or backpacks with clothes, as these will create more friction in the machine
- Use a microfiber filter bag such as Guppyfriend to wash clothes