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Our clothes are made of millions of tiny fibres, the majority of which are plastic. With every wash, microfibres shed from our clothes and end up in the environment. We want to #StopOceanThreads and get filters fitted in washing machines.

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The problem

Washing synthetic clothes accounts for 35% of primary microplastics found in the environment. An estimated 9.4 trillion fibres are released from washes every week in the UK, so it’s not surprising that billions of them end up in the ocean.



of clothes made from synthetic fibres



microfibres are released every week from clothes washes in the UK



of shrimp in the North Sea contain synthetic fibres

Worryingly, fish eat these fibres, which means they’re heading for our plates. 63% of shrimp in the North Sea contain synthetic fibres.

The solution

We're asking UK Government to require washing machine manufacturers to fit microfibre filters in all new domestic and commercial machines, by law, by 2025.

Our initial deadline of 2023 has been missed. With France implementing filters into new washing machines by 1st January 2025, we're asking the UK Government, as a minimum, takes action by then.

The best way to stop the flow of microfibres into our ocean is to fit filters in washing machines. The filters would be internally fitted in domestic and commercial washing machines and would capture microfibres in the same way lint is caught in tumble driers, stopping fibres at source.

These filters will make a real difference to microfibre pollution in our seas. Governments and business must work together to stop ocean threads at source.

Ella Daish, Campaigns Officer

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