Patagonia, Samsung develops washing machine that reduces microplastics

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2023-01-15 14:51:10 – USA

Samsung and Patagonia have teamed up to fight the microplastics that are produced throughout the textile and laundry processes.

In comparison to other sustainability initiatives like water-saving devices, washing garments has not yet gotten the same awareness campaign as microplastics. Microplastics from clothing made of stretchable denim, fleeces, nylon, and polyester wind up in rivers when synthetic textiles are washed. Numerous polymers are released by even delicate cycles.

The options that are now on the market to help reduce some of the microplastics generated during washing include protective laundry bags and add-on filters for washing machines.

In a statement, Samsung said the company is collaborating with Patagonia on a workable, efficient, and scalable solution to address the microplastics problem caused by textiles and laundry. Samsung is developing innovative devices that reduce the harm caused by microplastics.

The mechanical and chemical stresses that synthetic fabrics experience during a washing cycle in a washing machine, which cause the detachment of microfibres from the yarns that make up the textile, are the principal causes of the release of microplastics from synthetic clothing.

Samsung promised last year that it would hasten the creation of eco-friendly household appliances through the use of cutting-edge goods and services.

As a result of the Patagonia and Samsung collaboration, some machines will use a new filter system and cycle, and both firms aim to cut microplastics by up to 54%. Later this year is when the washing machines are anticipated to be available.

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