Laundry Lifesaver: Use this Bag in Your Washer to Help to Stop Ocean Pollution

Laundry Lifesaver: Use this Bag in Your Washer to Help to Stop Ocean Pollution

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Kenya Foy
Feb 17, 2017

Do you ever wonder where the lint from your laundry winds up after the rinse cycle sends it down the drain? If your concern keeps you up long after the wash is dried and put away, there's an innovative laundry bag to ease your conscience.

The Guppy Friend might force you to rearrange your personal ranking of the best laundry bags, thanks to its eco-friendly mesh design, which aims to reduce pollution in the ocean and our food supply. After consulting with researchers, the creators came up with a plan to ensure that the meshed bags still allowed soap and water in to sufficiently clean the garments, but trapped the hundreds of thousands of microfibers that eventually wind up in the ocean and in the digestive systems of marine creatures we eventually consume. Guppy Friend also reduces shedding, which means no more fuzzies on that sweater you've probably worn way too many times this week.

(Image credit: Guppy Friend)

The creators—who also own a natural-fiber clothing brand and sell synthetic clothing in their Langbrett outdoor apparel stores in Germany—developed the idea when a marine activist inspired them to take a more active role in protecting the environment.

"We had an interview for our website with a marine activist and were talking about marine pollution, and she reminded us that, 'Well, you're part of the problem, too,'" co-owner Alexander Nolte told Co.Exist. "We realized she's right—we can't just pretend that we don't know. Either we find a solution, or we have to stop selling these things."

Fortunately, Nolte and partner Oliver Spies' solution came in the form of a successful Kickstarter campaign for the Guppy Friend Washing Bag, which captures 99% of the fibers released during the laundering process. Users wash clothing and then discard the remaining microfibers in the trash.

If you're interested in purchasing a Guppy Friend Bag, online orders will be available soon, and customers can preorder bags via email on guppyfriend.com.

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