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