More and more people are talking about microplastics and their contribution to plastic pollution. Each time we wash fabrics made of synthetic fibres microplastics are shed and will end up polluting the environment. There are various solutions on the market and so far the Guppyfriend bag has been the most practical and effective we've tried.
End of Life: Remove zip and recycle, or return to Guppyfriend for recycling
Recommended by Isabel M.
"I have used this with an Ecoegg which still performed as well as without the bag. I have also tried a Coral Ball, but prefer using the Guppyfriend bag. I've only had one washing fail which was mud on waterproof trousers which didn't come off. I've not collected much to actually look at in the Guppy bag yet."
The Guppy bag should catch 99% of the microfibres shed from synthetic fabrics during a wash cycle
It will also reduce the amount of microfibres shed during a wash (this is why you might not find much to look at in the bag when using)
Currently made from virgin plastic, it has been designed to be recyclable
Made from Time-consuming to separate items into synthetics fabrics, especially at the start when it may result in a lot of checking the labels in clothes
Bag can get caught in the door seal of the washing machine where mine picked up some of the general grime
Pre-Wash: Prepare your clothes to wash as normal. Then split the synthetic fabrics (polyester, nylon, acrylic, etc) from the natural fabrics (cotton, , linen, bamboo, etc) adding the synthetic fabrics to the Guppy bag. Then do the wash as normal.
Post-Wash: Do NOT rinse the Guppy bag after use. Remove the washed clothing. Collect any microfibres which are visible and put in the general waste, then air dry the bag. Do NOT put the Guppy bag in the tumble drier or iron it.
For general tips on how to reduce the number of microfibres shed during washing check out the following guides: