What MUST BE DONE to tackle microplastic pollution?
STANDARDIZE FILTERS IN WASHING MACHINES TO RETAIN MICROPLASTICS IN DOMESTIC WASHING
The world urgently needs (affordable and easy-to-use) commercial washing machine filters that can capture microfibres. Legislations must ensure that all new washing machines are fitted with effective filters to capture the maximum amount of microfibres possible.
WORLDWIDE WASTE-WASTER TREATMENT PLANTS MUST IMPROVE THEIR MICROPLASTICS FILTERING
Waste-water treatment plants (where all our used water gets filtered and treated) are currently between 65-90% efficient at filtering microfibres. Research and innovations into improving the efficiency of capturing microfibres in wastewater treatment plants is essential to prevent them escaping into our environment.
EDUCATION TO CONSUMER ON THE BEST WASHING PRACTICES TO REDUCE MICROPLASTICS SHEDDING
As some studies have it, using a liquid detergent instead of powder, washing programs with less water, lower washing machine temperatures, gentler washing machine settings, and even using a front-loading washing machine can reduce microfibre shedding. How about using a Cora Ball or a Lint LUV-R? it has been shown that they reduce the number of microfibres in wastewater by an average of 26% and 87%, respectively.
PRODUCING LESS AND REDUCING THE USE OF SYNTHETIC FIBERS FOR GARMENT MAKING
Balance is always a key word when it comes to making decisions. Many people would say to switch from synthetic materials to natural materials in order to reduce to zero microplastics release in fashion. Well, it is not that easy, because – given the current consumption rates - if the whole fashion world turned to natural materials, this would result in a worrying and massive pressure on land and water use. The first problem is that we produce too much, the second is that we use too many synthetics.