Top Tips

We all wear clothes! Which means we have the power to stop microfibres getting into the ocean, just by doing some simple things at home.

Label alert

The worst shedding culprit is polyester fleece, but nylon and polyester fabric are also high shedders. Microfibres are lost into the environment during the production process as well as by washing and wearing. Choose clothes made from as near to 100% natural items as possible.

Wash your clothes less

Especially items made from synthetic fabrics. Only put them in the wash when they’re dirty. If you’re wearing a top for a few hours or a fleece for a few days, they probably don’t need a wash… just hang them up to air.

Swap from washing powder to liquid

Powders are abrasive and therefore loosen more microfibres compared to a gentler liquid detergent. Use a fabric softener.

Wash at 30 

High temperatures can damage clothes resulting in more microfibre shedding.

Wash a full load

Only wash when the machine is full as less friction between the clothes will result in fewer fibres being shed.

Tumble dry less

Constant tumbling can make clothes more fragile and loosen fibres that will then shed in the next wash.

Buy a ball or bag

Cora balls, guppy bags and other ‘in machine’ solutions are available – trawl the internet for ideas and reviews. There is evidence that some work, whilst for others there’s no real evidence yet – so it’s worth doing your research before you buy.