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WASHING GUIDE FOR A PLASTIC FREE NATURE


YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!

Microfibers released from washing harm the environment. With each wash, countless plastic fibers from synthetic textiles are making their way from washing machines into rivers and oceans. Once in the environment, the microfibers concentrate pervasive bacteria and pollutants. They are consumed by aquatic organisms, which can result in gastrointestinal infections and blockages, reproductive problems, and starvation – problems that ultimately work their way up the food chain.

IT'S ALARMING!

The Guardian calls microplastics in our water ‘the biggest environmental problem you’ve never heard of’. A research study from the University of California in Santa Barbara reveals that a city the size of Berlin releases a wash-related volume of microfibers equivalent to 500.000 plastic bags – every single day! Microplastic particles are found in more than 600 fish species – including plankton, a cornerstone of the marine eco system. The tiny plastic pieces are found in the ice of the arctic and the remotest parts of the deep sea. They are proven in our daily food: honey, water, salt, beer and they are found in our bodies. While the negative impact of our behavior to our well-being is still not scientifically proven, indications are overwhelming that we not only harm nature, but also threaten our own health.

TAKE ACTION!

10 easy steps how you can change your washing habits to help solving the problem. Turn your washing machine from an ‚eco-crime scene‘ into a truly green washer.

 

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  BUY LESS BUT BETTER!   Reflect on what you really need before you purchase. Check the label and avoid synthetic textiles such as polyester, acrylic and nylon. Be critical towards misleading advertisement. Also ask your local store and favorite brand for microfiber free alternatives. They need to know that you care. 

BUY LESS BUT BETTER!

Reflect on what you really need before you purchase. Check the label and avoid synthetic textiles such as polyester, acrylic and nylon. Be critical towards misleading advertisement. Also ask your local store and favorite brand for microfiber free alternatives. They need to know that you care. 

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 WASH COLDER!  It is a dogma that is passed down from generation to the next: Wash coloreds at 40°C/ 104°F and bed linen at 60°C/140°F. In the vast majority of cases 30°C/86°F is sufficient. Water in combination with heat weakens the yarn. The so-called hydrolysis results in much more plastic ending up in our oceans. 

WASH COLDER!

It is a dogma that is passed down from generation to the next: Wash coloreds at 40°C/ 104°F and bed linen at 60°C/140°F. In the vast majority of cases 30°C/86°F is sufficient. Water in combination with heat weakens the yarn. The so-called hydrolysis results in much more plastic ending up in our oceans. 

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 WASH LESS!  Air out your clothes and wash out stains by hand to avoid unnecessary laundering.  Don’t let convenience harm sea life and our health. 

WASH LESS!

Air out your clothes and wash out stains by hand to avoid unnecessary laundering. 
Don’t let convenience harm sea life and our health. 

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 REDUCE ROTATION SPEED!  Lot of friction happens during the spin cycle. Synthetic textiles dry fast. Skip the spin cycle or at least reduce rpm (rotation per minute) to protect your clothes and the environment.

REDUCE ROTATION SPEED!

Lot of friction happens during the spin cycle. Synthetic textiles dry fast. Skip the spin cycle or at least reduce rpm (rotation per minute) to protect your clothes and the environment.

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 DO NOT WASH SOLID ITEMS WITH YOUR LAUNDRY!  Fibers break due to the mechanical forces in the washing machine. Anything solid washed with your clothes leads to significantly more fibers breaking. Avoid items such as shoes and shin guards. Also using washing balls and soap nuts – even though used with good intentions – result in more plastic in the ocean.

DO NOT WASH SOLID ITEMS WITH YOUR LAUNDRY!

Fibers break due to the mechanical forces in the washing machine. Anything solid washed with your clothes leads to significantly more fibers breaking. Avoid items such as shoes and shin guards. Also using washing balls and soap nuts – even though used with good intentions – result in more plastic in the ocean.

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 SEPARATE TEXTILES WITH HARD AND SOFT SURFACES!  Related to the previous rule and based on the same insight: Separate textiles with a hard surface from those with a soft surface. If you stop washing things like jeans and your fleece items in the same wash load, you will reduce your contribution to wash-related microplastic pollution. 

SEPARATE TEXTILES WITH HARD AND SOFT SURFACES!

Related to the previous rule and based on the same insight: Separate textiles with a hard surface from those with a soft surface. If you stop washing things like jeans and your fleece items in the same wash load, you will reduce your contribution to wash-related microplastic pollution. 

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 DON'T TUMBLE DRY YOUR CLOTHES!  The heat and the mechanical forces inside a tumble dryer are also a culprit of microplastic pollution. Synthetic clothes dry super fast anyway. Air-dry your clothes. If you have to use a dryer, please make sure to filter the condensed water.  

DON'T TUMBLE DRY YOUR CLOTHES!

The heat and the mechanical forces inside a tumble dryer are also a culprit of microplastic pollution. Synthetic clothes dry super fast anyway. Air-dry your clothes.
If you have to use a dryer, please make sure to filter the condensed water.  

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  WASH SHORTER!   The longer you wash, the more fibers break. All washing machines have a short washing program. Use it. 

WASH SHORTER!

The longer you wash, the more fibers break. All washing machines have a short washing program. Use it. 

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 USE LESS AND BEST DETERGENT!  Washing powder often contains mineral abrasives. These abrasives tend to increase friction, and increased friction leads to more fibers breaking. Bleach and ph-value affect the fiber construction, too. Look for a detergent with a neutral ph-value and without bleach.

USE LESS AND BEST DETERGENT!

Washing powder often contains mineral abrasives. These abrasives tend to increase friction, and increased friction leads to more fibers breaking. Bleach and ph-value affect the fiber construction, too. Look for a detergent with a neutral ph-value and without bleach.

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 USE A FILTER AND THE GUPPYFRIEND WASHING BAG!  Filter your wastewater: Build a filter for the outlet of your washing machine. Use the Guppyfriend washing bag. It prevents microfibers from entering oceans. Its use results in fewer fibers breaking and thus extends the lifetime of your textiles. Those fibers that do break are reliably held back. The Guppyfriend is also a daily reminder to recall the TEN FOR THE OCEAN. 

USE A FILTER AND THE GUPPYFRIEND WASHING BAG!

Filter your wastewater: Build a filter for the outlet of your washing machine. Use the Guppyfriend washing bag. It prevents microfibers from entering oceans. Its use results in fewer fibers breaking and thus extends the lifetime of your textiles. Those fibers that do break are reliably held back. The Guppyfriend is also a daily reminder to recall the TEN FOR THE OCEAN.