Synthetic textiles, which contain plastic fibres, are huge contributors to plastic waste in the oceans. And so with each wash of clothes and fabrics made from synthetic textiles – including polyester, nylon, and acrylic – countless plastic fibers, known as microfibres, from such textiles are making their way from washing machines into rivers and oceans.
The Guppyfriend washing bag was created as a solution to keeping microfibres out of the waterways. The washing bag filters out the tiniest microfibres released from textiles during washing. The self-cleaning fabric bag is made of a specially designed micro-filter material.
The way it works is that you load synthetic textiles into the Guppyfriend washing bag, close the bag, then place the bag in the washing machine drum and wash as usual. Once the textiles are washed, you remove the released microfibres from hems inside of Guppyfriend and dispose properly.
The Guppyfriend washing bag was created by a Germany-based collective of surfers behind the brand Langbrett. Langbrett produce shoes and textiles “in the most fair and sustainable way possible”. They are also the team behind STOP! MICRO WASTE – a nonprofit initiative from Berlin dedicated to inform about the smart use of plastic. It exists to explore and initiate ideas on how to avoid, replace and re-use plastics in every day life and beyond.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea