Now made in Europe. The Guppyfriend™ Washing Bag is a patented solution which prevents synthetic garments from releasing harmful plastic microfibers into the waterways. Up to 700,000 microfibers may be released with every single clothes wash, allowing the plastic fibres from synthetic textiles to make their way from your washing machine into rivers and oceans. Plastic can absorb high concentrations of poisonous substances. The microfibers are consumed by aquatic animals and enter the food chain.
The Guppyfriend™ washing bag is engineered from a specially designed micro-filter material that doesn't shed fibres itself. It filters out the tiniest microfibers released from textiles during washing. You then simply collect the fibres from the bag and dispose of them properly. The Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT reports an average of 86% fewer fibers of synthetic clothing break off when washing with the wash bag.
Synthetic fibres are functional and durable for outdoor activities including swimming. At present, it is difficult and often cost prohibitive to avoid using synthetic fibres altogether. Sea & Stream stock the Guppyfriend™ Washing bag to provide you with a solution to preventing microfibers reaching ocean and rivers during washing. A 20% discount is available from Sea & Stream if you purchase a Guppyfriend™ Washing bag with any synthetic item that may need frequent washing (see individual product pages for details).
Guppyfriend™ laundry bag was created by STOP! Micro Waste and the STOP! Plastic Academy to raise awareness about (micro)plastic pollution, and to educate students, adults and industry partners about the problem. STOP! Micro Waste is a nonprofit initiative to explore and initiate ideas on how to avoid, replace and re-use plastics. It was initiated by Langbrett, a group of surfers and nature lovers. Profits from the sale of the Guppyfriend™ Washing Bag go to STOP! Micro Waste and the STOP! Plastic Academy.