By now you’ve probably heard that microfiber pollution from laundering synthetic clothing – especially fleece, is found everywhere in the world’s in the water supply. Microfibers cause harm to living creatures. That includes humans. Apparently a couple of forward thinking young inventers in Germany have recently procuced a special laundry bag to mitigate the problem. Here is an excerpt from a great article in the Guardian about this new product…
“The Guppy Friend is the first device designed and marketed specifically to prevent microfiber pollution. Microfibers are tiny, so they can easily move through sewage treatment plants. Natural fibers, such as cotton or wool, biodegrade over time. But synthetic fibers are problematic because they do not biodegrade, and tend to bind with molecules of harmful chemical pollutants found in wastewater, such as pesticides or flame retardants. Plus, fibers from apparel are often coated with chemicals to achieve performance attributes such as water resistance. Studies have shown health problems among plankton and other small organisms that eat microfibers, which then make their way up the food chain. Researchers have found high numbers of fibers inside fish and shellfish sold at markets.”
FYI- I get no kickbacks from this product. It’s on the spendy side but how much is clean water and the health of all who live on this planet worth? I’m ordering one as I am not going to throw away my fleece clothing! (think landfill- even more pollution.)
You can get one for $30 with free shipping here. The other sites I’ve looked at are $35 plus shipping.
Help stop the fleecing of our environment!