We are working on industry solutions for dealing with microplastics.
It’s not just large volumes of plastic waste that are polluting the environment; microplastics – minute and barely visible plastic particles – are increasingly becoming a problem. Microplastics are used in many cosmetic products such as toothpaste and shower gel, as well as during the use of synthetic everyday objects, such as the abrasion of car tyres on the road or the wearing and washing of synthetic fabrics.
The problem is that these microscopic particles are not even fully filtered out by wastewater treatment plants, meaning that they enter the sea over time. Researchers assume that they then absorb hazardous substances like a sponge, thus endangering the maritime ecosystem and human health. As the microparticles are eaten by fish, they eventually end up on our plates.
We are actively tackling this complex issue and are working on ways to handle these plastic particles in a more environmentally friendly manner. Our aim is not just to develop solutions for our company and our products. Our goal is to develop sustainable options for the entire global textile industry.
We are currently involved in the following projects:
Guppyfriend® Washing Bag:
We are offering the Guppyfriend® Washing Bag as a stopgap solution. This washing bag, which was developed by the charitable organisation STOP! MICRO WASTE, comes with a microplastics filter function.
Find out more about our Guppyfriend® Washing Bag : GUPPYFRIEND WASHING BAG
For more information about STOP! MICRO WASTE, please visit www.stopmicrowaste.com
Outdoor Industry Microfibre Consortium:
This initiative of the European Outdoor Group (EOG) is supported by big-name companies and research institutions.
For more information, please visit www.microfibreconsortium.com
Jack Wolfskin | Combating microplastics together
August 17, 2021