We Earthlings: Laundry Tips To Reduce Microplastic Pollution

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Did you know that by reducing the temperature of a load of laundry from hot to cold and shortening the wash cycle by about 60%, you will reduce the volume of plastic microfiber pollution generated by 52% and chemical dyes released by 74%? The microfibers come from our synthetic clothing (especially fleece) and are a growing source of microplastic pollution.

These findings were the result of research by a team at the University of Leeds, working with Procter & Gamble researchers. The researchers also found that switching from long, hot wash cycles to cool, short cycles lowers energy used per load by 66%.

Data source: Improved garment longevity and reduced microfibre release are important sustainability benefits of laundering in colder and quicker washing machine cycles, ScienceDirect

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Laundry tips to reduce plastic pollution

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