I am really not a fan of washing in general…e.g. when you take a bath, you get wet! Really wet! I hate it!
But well, the humans love to wear clothes and they can smell really bad after a time, so I am okay with washing them. Even though we know that its not particularly environmentally friendly, but actually I was always thinking of the detergent. Now. the article “Plastik in Kleidung schadet dir und der Umwelt – so kannst du etwas dagegen tun” of the Huffington Post shows thats also the cloth itself. Because synthetic cloth can leave small plastic particles in the water which will not be filtered!!!
Obviously it looks like this:
If one of these fabrics is on the label of your garment, it contains synthetic fiber and then rinses plastic into the sea
Aramid – also known as Kevlar, Nomex or Twaron.
Polyamide – is also referred to as nylon, Peron, Dederon and Grilon, abbreviated to PA.
Polyester – also known as Diolen or Trevira, abbreviated PES.
Polyethylene – also called Dyneema, abbreviated PE.
Polypropylene – also known as Asota, abbreviated PP.
Polyurethane – is also referred to as elastane, spandex, lycra or Dorlastan, abbreviated EL.
In principle, all fleece, sports and outdoor textiles (and more !!!). So if you do not want to give it up and wear only natural fiber linen, you can now purchase the new invention Guppyfriend (from the organization “Stop! Micro Waste” – by the way, great name, I’m also a friend of the guppies!): The “Guppyfriend Wash Bag – The first pragmatic solution to prevent microplastic contamination by washing.”
I think that sounds like a good short-term solution, until we get some filters in our washing machines or an expensive final filtration in sewage treatment plants. Cost point currently 29.75 euros.