Politicians and scientists get serious about tackling microfibre pollution

September has marked a pivotal moment for companies, NGOs and scientists who’re serious about tackling microfibre pollution from laundry.

The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for Microplastics released a report this week calling on Westminster to pass legislation mandating microfibre filtration in all domestic and commercial washing machines by 2025.

Xeros Technologies were honoured to join policy experts, leading academics and environmental NGOs at the launch of the report and they even took a microfibre dinner along with them.

The APPG report draws on work done by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes which has campaigned on the issue of microfibre pollution. A NFWI report in 2018 found that UK households were doing around 68 million loads of laundry every week and releasing more than 9 trillion microfibres.  As well as requesting microfibre filtration in all domestic and commercial washing machines by 2025, the APPG report also calls for:

•            A Government-led awareness campaign to promote consumer behaviour change

•            A designated Minister for Plastics Pollution

•            An Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme for textiles by 2023

Ann Jones, chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes said: “This report is a clarion cry for action to turn the tide on the plastic pollution that is blighting our marine environments.

“Our own research found at least 9.4 trillion microplastic fibres could be released every week in the UK through the washing process. With every day that passes by, our rivers and seas are becoming more choked with plastic waste.

“The scale of the problem is huge, but the solutions are increasingly close at hand. By fitting filters to washing machines, making textile producers responsible for the waste their products create and appointing a Minister to bring Departments together we can make a huge difference.”

Mark Nichols, CEO of Xeros Technologies PLC shared his thoughts in the APPG’s Press Release. “At Xeros we have long held that microfibre filtration must become mandatory in domestic and commercial washing machines and garment finishing equipment.

“Our journey began with a very public commitment to the UN Oceans Conference to produce an effective filtration solution for washing machines. Since then, the issue of microfibre pollution in the environment and our precious oceans has grown exponentially.

“The work of the NFWI in highlighting the issue of microfibre pollution caused by laundry helped bring this to the attention of the general public and, by extension, the work of the APPG on Microplastics is now bringing the matter to the attention of government and decision-makers who can make a real difference.

“Effective microfibre filtration in washing machines is the quickest and most cost-effective way to mitigate the release of microplastic from laundry to aquatic environments. By calling for legislation in the UK, the APPG Microplastics is taking an important step towards making this a reality.”

To highlight that microfibres from washing our clothes are heading for our seas, and our plates, Xeros showcased a seafood menu made from microfibres collected from washing machines

The All-Party Parliamentary Group’s report on Microplastics

Left to right, Nicky Amos, Director of Public Affairs at the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Alberto Costa MP, Chair of the APPG for Microplastics, Rebecca Pow MP, Minister for the Environment, and Ann Jones, Chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes enjoying The Xeros Microfibre Dinner at the report launch in Parliament.

September has marked a pivotal moment for companies, NGOs and scientists who’re serious about tackling microfibre pollution from laundry.

The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for Microplastics released a report this week calling on Westminster to pass legislation mandating microfibre filtration in all domestic and commercial washing machines by 2025.

Xeros Technologies were honoured to join policy experts, leading academics and environmental NGOs at the launch of the report and they even took a microfibre dinner along with them.

The APPG report draws on work done by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes which has campaigned on the issue of microfibre pollution. A NFWI report in 2018 found that UK households were doing around 68 million loads of laundry every week and releasing more than 9 trillion microfibres.  As well as requesting microfibre filtration in all domestic and commercial washing machines by 2025, the APPG report also calls for:

•            A Government-led awareness campaign to promote consumer behaviour change

•            A designated Minister for Plastics Pollution

•            An Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme for textiles by 2023

Ann Jones, chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes said: “This report is a clarion cry for action to turn the tide on the plastic pollution that is blighting our marine environments.

“Our own research found at least 9.4 trillion microplastic fibres could be released every week in the UK through the washing process. With every day that passes by, our rivers and seas are becoming more choked with plastic waste.

“The scale of the problem is huge, but the solutions are increasingly close at hand. By fitting filters to washing machines, making textile producers responsible for the waste their products create and appointing a Minister to bring Departments together we can make a huge difference.”

Mark Nichols, CEO of Xeros Technologies PLC shared his thoughts in the APPG’s Press Release. “At Xeros we have long held that microfibre filtration must become mandatory in domestic and commercial washing machines and garment finishing equipment.

“Our journey began with a very public commitment to the UN Oceans Conference to produce an effective filtration solution for washing machines. Since then, the issue of microfibre pollution in the environment and our precious oceans has grown exponentially.

“The work of the NFWI in highlighting the issue of microfibre pollution caused by laundry helped bring this to the attention of the general public and, by extension, the work of the APPG on Microplastics is now bringing the matter to the attention of government and decision-makers who can make a real difference.

“Effective microfibre filtration in washing machines is the quickest and most cost-effective way to mitigate the release of microplastic from laundry to aquatic environments. By calling for legislation in the UK, the APPG Microplastics is taking an important step towards making this a reality.”

To highlight that microfibres from washing our clothes are heading for our seas, and our plates, Xeros showcased a seafood menu made from microfibres collected from washing machines

The All-Party Parliamentary Group’s report on Microplastics

Left to right, Nicky Amos, Director of Public Affairs at the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Alberto Costa MP, Chair of the APPG for Microplastics, Rebecca Pow MP, Minister for the Environment, and Ann Jones, Chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes enjoying The Xeros Microfibre Dinner at the report launch in Parliament.

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