Guppyfriend Washing Bag

The first pragmatic solution to prevent microplastic pollution from washing synthetic clothes

Although we use synthetic fabrics in our collections, we strictly use RECYCLED synthetics, created from post-consumer waste which includes discarded carpet, fishing nets, ocean plastics.

We try to approach every problem with a conscious solution.  One problem that we are aware of is that synthetic fabrics shed micro-particles during the washing process.  Micro plastics make their way into the water system and eventually the oceans, causing environmental harm.

To close this cycle we are recommending to our customers a number of care instructions including the use of a ‘GUPPYFRIEND’ wash bag.

On average there is an 86% reduction of fibre breakage when washing clothes inside a ‘GUPPYFRIEND’ bag (according to the Fraunhofer Institute Umsicht).  This significantly increases the lifespan of the product whilst also eliminating micro-particle pollution.  Fibres that do break off are left as a residue inside the wash bag which can be collected and disposed of correctly.

The ‘GUPPYFRIEND’ washing bag is 50 x 74 cm bag made using untreated polyamide.

The problem

Microplastic released from washing harms the environment.

With each wash, countless microfibres from synthetic textiles make their way from washing machines into rivers, lakes, and oceans. Once in the environment, the microfibres concentrate pervasive bacteria and pollutants. They are consumed by aquatic organisms, which can result in gastrointestinal infections and blockages, reproductive problems, and starvation. Serious consequences are not limited to animals and nature.

The tiny plastic fragments threaten our own health: They enter our food and our bodies through the food chain.

All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

Step One:

Purchase ‘GUPPYFRIEND’ wash bag.  To make this as simple as possible for our customers we are now offering this product on our own website for an easy ‘Add to Cart’. 

Step Two:

Put synthetic textiles into the ‘GUPPYFRIEND’ washing bag. Fill to about ⅔ full so that the textiles can easily move around in the bag. Remove coarse dirt and pet hair before washing.

Step Three:

Close the ‘GUPPYFRIEND’ wash bag and put it in the washing machine. Add other, non-synthetic, textiles and wash as usual.  Adding other (non-synthetic) garments in the same cycle, or a second filled Guppyfriend bag will avoid imbalance. Wash at 40°c maximum.

Step Four:

Take the textiles from the ‘GUPPYFRIEND’ wash bag while they’re still wet. Do not rinse the clothes after taking them out of the bag, so that the collected microplastic fibres are not washed into the environment. Avoid washing sharp edge objects to avoid damage to the materials. To ensure that no more fibres are broken into the ocean please hang dry the wet clothes, do not hang dry them in direct sunlight this will damage the longevity of the fabric. Avoid tumble drying as this will cause further fibre breakage. Our recycled polyesters do not require ironing.

Step Five:

Open the zip and dispose of any fibres collected in the corner of the bag into the bin.‘GUPPYFRIEND’ is great way to protect your clothes and ensure longevity.  We appreciate that you share our concerns enough to follow these care instructions.  We hope that we can  assist you in creating a washing ritual that protects our oceans, marine wildlife, our food and water supply, from the growing issue of micro-particles.

‘GUPPYFRIEND’ is great way to protect your clothes and ensure longevity.  We appreciate that you share our concerns enough to follow these care instructions.  We hope that we can  assist you in creating a washing ritual that protects our oceans, marine wildlife, our food and water supply, from the growing issue of micro-particles.

 

- It reduces fiber shedding and protects your clothes.
- It filters the few fibers that do break and doesn’t lose any fibers itself.
- It’s a daily reminder to change our buying habits and washing rituals.

  • Material: untreated polyamide 6.6
  • Size M: 50 x 74 cm
  • With multilingual packaging and instructions
  • 100% plastic-free packaging

£25.00