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David Luke on Microplastics

David Luke on Microplastics

We have been doing lots of research on this topic as it’s a hot topic at the minute. Many cosmetic or oral products often have micro-beads/fibres in them, as well as clothing. Clothing, whether man-made or natural gives off some form of shedding. It is inevitable when exposed to a washing machine and the vigorous cycles of washing.

At present there aren’t any regulations or guidelines within the EU for minimum or maximum shedding for garments. We strongly believe more should be done at the washing or water treatment stage. Maybe for washing machine manufacturers to introduce a filter within the machines which can capture the microfibres. Or for water treatment plants to incorporate something to filter microfibres and stop them from going into our oceans.

A few products on the market to consider for home washing are the Guppy bag or CoraBall. Both have had great reviews and can help to reduce the amount of microfibres going into our water systems.

Find out more information on microplastics.

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Waste isn’t useless; it’s actually something you can use to make more things. You can recycle it into all different sorts of things.

Pupil, aged 9