Microfibers are tiny strands of plastic that are released from synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic, during the washing process. These microfibers can easily pass through wastewater treatment plants and end up in our oceans, where they can harm marine life and even enter the food chain. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to reduce the amount of microfibers that are released during the washing process.

Here are some tips:

by nicole gallacher

Choose natural fibers:
Opt for clothing made from natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, and wool, which shed fewer microfibers during washing.

Use a washing machine filter:
Install a microfiber-catching filter in your washing machine to capture microfibers before they enter the wastewater stream. There are several brands available, such as Guppyfriend and Cora Ball.

Wash less often:
Wash your clothes only when necessary, as each wash cycle can release microfibers. Consider spot-cleaning stains or airing out clothes between washes.

Use cold water: Washing clothes in cold water can help reduce the release of microfibers, as hot water can cause synthetic fibers to break down more easily.

Use liquid detergent: Powder detergents can be more abrasive and cause more microfiber shedding. Liquid detergents are gentler on clothes and can help reduce shedding.

Avoid fabric softeners: Fabric softeners can coat clothes and make them shed more microfibers. Instead, use vinegar or wool dryer balls to soften clothes naturally.

By following these tips, you can help reduce the amount of microfibers that end up in our water systems, bodies, oceans and protect marine life.