Introducing your laundry machine's best ally
What is a Guppyfriend washing bag?
Words— Mylène Genty
When it comes to fashion, there are nowadays multiple ways to reduce environmental impact. Solutions are everywhere: garments are being re-engineered, the minimalist mindset made us rethinking our buying frequency, second-hand clothing is more popular than ever and people are growing more and more conscious about waste.
However, despite new innovative ways to be green, other problems emerge. Take the plastic issue, for example. While recycled polyester is great in many regards, it does degrade more than virgin plastic, releasing micro-plastic into our waterways during the wash. Unfortunately, laundry machines don’t have the technology (yet) to filter the synthetic particles with their lint bags. Nothing is perfect, but as of now, one of the best solutions at hand to alleviate the problem of microplastic contamination is the Guppyfriend bag.
Put simply, this is a self-cleaning bag that filters out tiny microfibres released from textiles during washing.
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What’s behind this?
When new products are released and get praise, it’s still important to raise questions as to where the idea and the product come from. The people behind the Guppyfriend are regrouped into a Berlin non-profit organization called STOP! Micro Waste. Their quest is noble: to raise awareness of microplastic pollution with hands-on solutions. Their profits are reinvested towards actions like lectures, local activities and research.
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How does it work?
Since washing machines aren’t well equipped to filter the synthetic particles that are released from man-made fabrics, Guppyfriend bags are designed to do just that. Made from Polyamide 6.6, the material is untreated, undyed, and doesn’t contain additives. As all eco-responsible products should be, it can be recycled into new products at the end of its lifecycle. The bag doesn’t impact the quality of the clothing - on the contrary. Their testing shows that the bag itself cushions the garments, therefore reducing the shedding of fibres. This helps protects the clothing and makes it more durable in the long run.
Make sure there are no dark microfibers left in the bag for future use, for when you wash your light-coloured clothing. And don't forget to hang the bag to dry for future use!
To further mitigate microfiber pollution, be sure to use liquid detergent as opposed to powder and reduce your washing frequency. This tool is a great solution to a big problem. While there’s still a lot to be done to reduce our ecological footprint, initiatives such as Guppyfriend bags are leading the way for the fashion industry to find permanent solutions to become a greener industry.