Novel filter to catch microplastics with every wash
Here’s something to think about on laundry day: the washing of synthetic clothing is the main source of primary microplastics in the oceans. Even one synthetic garment in a load of laundry can release thousands of microfibres. The EU-funded MIMBOX project has figured out a way to keep microplastics from reaching the waterways. Using self-cleaning filtering technology, it has developed the first ever add-on device that can connect to any type of washing machine to capture microplastics. What is more, the MIMBOX device cuts water consumption by up to 70 % by cleaning and recycling the greywater, in addition to reducing the energy consumed for water heating by up to 30 %.
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