FILTROL

Microscopic Plastic & Our Journey to Make Changes Happen

At Filtrol, we’ve been in business long enough to see a few different iterations of our product hit the market. We’re constantly tweaking our filtration methods; testing new variants of our product against previous versions. We want to do better. We want to make a bigger impact on plastic pollution and help others do the same. We’re constantly assessing our progress and trying to answer a few fundamental questions: 

How can we be more effective?

We won’t be satisfied with the work we’re doing until the Filtrol is stopping 100% of the plastic in laundry’s wastewater. 

Welcome to the question that keeps us up at night; the dilemma that has led to piles and piles of prototypes. Our quest to develop a more efficient and effective Filtrol that will require less maintenance and deliver higher performance is actually producing impressive results. We’ve started to finalize a variation of the Filtrol now that will me a more lower profile addition to your space and will be a more productive contributor to plastic pollution mitigation. 

How can we be more affordable? 

We won’t be satisfied until we know that the Filtrol is affordable for every home. 

The fight against plastic pollution should not be limited by somebody’s budget. The more that we can make our products available to all people, the more we can start to turn the tides on this massive microscopic problem. 

How can we be in more homes? 

There are lots of ways we can start working to get the Filtrol into more homes. Until a product like ours is required by building codes to be present, it comes down to education and partnerships. By working with contractors and builders, we can get them installed in new homes. By working with energy programs, we can get them installed in existing homes. By partnering with other likeminded companies, we can educate people on the options available to them, helping them realize that we’ll be more effective if we attack plastic from all angles. 

The work we’re doing is going to continue until the job is done. What this means for us is that we have our work cut out for us. But with strategically partnering with people around the country and globe, with more testing and better engineering, and with continued engineering and innovation, we can continue to see progress in our fight against plastic. 

Turning Ideas into Action

Plastic Pollution Needs More Than Words 

The more that time passes, the more we’re learning about the far-reaching impacts of plastic in our ecosystem. Whether we’re talking about grocery bags washing into the ocean, soda can rings entangling wildlife, or microscopic plastic particles in our drinking water and food, the more we study it the more we discover its massive impacts. 

At some point, ideas need to turn into action if we’re going to start impacting our environment in positive ways. While individual actions should be taken, such as stopping the use of single-use plastics and picking up plastics on roadsides and beaches, we all need to consider investing in some more comprehensive solutions to this problem. 

Is legislation the answer?

So far, 8 states in the US have outlawed the use of single-use plastic bags. In addition, various cities and towns across the country have made the move. The idea that we are going to push every state to this point of legislation is not out of the question. What once seemed like an impossibility is now on the horizon. 

But that’s just the start. 

What needs addressed is bigger than trips to the grocery store. We need to solve the problems of litter and laundry. We need to educate people on what’s happening, what the implications are, and what our options are.

At Filtrol, we don’t believe that the sky is falling. We don’t believe that this plastic ship has sailed. Quite the contrary, actually. We are hopeful and optimistic. We see a lot of good people and good companies working hard alongside us in this fight.  We see good solutions on the horizon for solving plastic problems of all sizes. 

Plastic Pollution is Solvable

But we have to all move beyond words. We have to start implementing small changes and voting in big changes. We have to change our habits and change our manufacturing standards. We have to be take seriously the charge in front of us to protect the environment and be part of turning ideas into action. 

Earth Day is on April 22nd!

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd! Now is the time to start planning; to start thinking about what you will do this year!

Earth Day Opportunities for Impact

Earth Day is a great opportunity to organize a community-oriented event that will engage people and make a difference. You can do something alone or with a few friends or you can think bigger and organize a city-wide activity. 

Raise money to donate reusable grocery bags. Organize a community event to clean up litter at a park or beach. Plant trees. Spread mulch and plant flowers. 

There are endless opportunities for Earth Day activities! 

The goal of these events is to help people to take ownership of the world around them. You’re not asking them to join a political movement or to handcuff themselves to trees in the forest. You’re inviting them to dream bigger about what your home, neighborhood, community, or city can look like and feel like. 

Organize a Green Litter Movement

Not all litter is bad.

Let’s quickly clarify that statement. 

Consider buying wildflower seeds like these and hand them out to your neighbors and friends. Encourage them to toss them; to throw them along ditches, roadways, and boulevards. To hand them out to others to do the same. Before long, our neighborhoods will be glittered with color and beauty. 

Make this coming Earth Day one where a greener, healthier, more beautiful type of litter becomes part of our communities! 

Let April 22nd be Day 1

The goal of something like Earth Day is not for one day of care and concern followed by 364 days of neglect. Instead, think of ways to make April 22nd the first day of some new initiatives in your life, your home, or your community. 

Make this coming Earth Day the start of a whole new effort to make smarter, more eco-friendly decisions. Whether it’s the day you officially stop using plastic grocery bags or its the day you start your “Plant One Tree a Month” initiative, April 22nd can be the start of a whole new way of life! 

At Filtrol, we are excited to partner with people and organizations who are serious about protecting our environment and stopping the onslaught of plastic pollution all around us. 

What will you do this Earth Day to protect our environment? 

How Our Clothes are Getting into our Food

How Our Clothes are Getting into our Food

When someone says the word “plastic pollution,” a million different images come into our minds. 

Plastic bags floating in the ocean. Six-pack encasements wrapped around a turtle’s neck. Beaches riddled with garbage or birds’ stomachs filled with plastic straws and wrappers. Plastic water bottles filling landfills and giant garbage patches buoyant in the ocean. 

But what’s hard to picture is the microscopic particles of synthetic fibers that are washed from our laundry. They leave our homes unfiltered and flow through our water treatment processes and into our ecosystem. These microscopic pieces of plastic end up in our drinking water and food. They are found in the most remote landscapes and are even 7 miles underneath the surface of the ocean. 

So how do these plastics end up in our food? And even before that, how do plastics end up in our clothes? 

Fabrics like polyester, nylon, acrylic and polyamide are all made of synthetic (which means “chemically-based” or “man-made”) materials. Plastics are either manufactured specifically for these fabrics or are recycled and reused to manufacture them. During the wash, rinse, and spin cycles of household and industrial laundering, millions upon millions of the pieces of synthetic material are flushed out with the water, soap, and dirt. They don’t break down. They don’t biodegrade. They simply pollute every space they inhabit.

Many of the fabrics and materials manufactured of these synthetic compounds are attributed with the “fast fashion” industry, where clothing is made cheap and fast so that it can be distributed easily As our awareness of plastic pollution and its impact on our world becomes more and more at the center of our discussions, we discover new implications to things we once considered to be conveniences. 

Filtrol Provides an Answer

At Filtrol, we aren’t necessarily cutting away the plastic that’s wrapped around the turtle’s neck…though we would if we could. But what we are doing? We’re stopping the fibers that are shedding from your clothes from ever leaving your home or facility. We’re cleaning out the wastewater that’s being pumped into water treatment plants, so that billions of plastic particles don’t devastate our ecosystem. 

Solving the Problem of Plastic Pollution – One Innovation at a Time

At Filtrol, we’ve spent the last several years finding new, more effective ways to solve the massive problem of micro-plastic pollution in our ecosystem. With each wash with your laundry machine you’re washing thousands of micro-particles of plastic and synthetic materials into your home’s wastewater (and eventually into drinking water sources). This microscopic problem needs a massive solution to stop the pollution in its tracks. 

Each updated version of the Filtrol over the years has been a more complete solution than the one before. Each iteration of the Filtrol has relied upon the lessons we’ve learned from our past versions of the Filtrol. Hours upon hours of research, studying, A/B testing, and trial and error have helped us create a more effective answer to the plastic pollution problem. 

Endless Testing Has Meant R&D

At Filtrol, we have a laboratory that has been the place of testing for hundreds and hundreds of loads of laundry. This basement workshop has been a place that we’ve tried all sorts of different ideas for stopping plastic pollution in its tracks. We’ve designed filters made of different materials. We’ve tried multiple variations of installations, which has changed the way we service and maintain the Filtrol and the way we measure success with it. We’ve washed different fabrics at different temperatures. We’ve washed brand new synthetic fabrics and we’ve worn fabrics out by repeatedly washing them. 

These hours of tests have given us the most thorough solution to microfiber pollution available on the market. And our work is continuing. 

We know that there’s more we can do to make the Filtrol more effective and more accessible for people around the globe. We know that there’s more we can do to protect our planet from the tsunami of plastic pollutants being found in even the most remote parts of our planet. 

Plastic didn’t get here without innovation, and it’s not going away without it either. That’s why our work at Filtrol is continuing. 

Getting Back to Real Water

Getting Back to Real Water

Removing Plastic and Attacking Pollution with Filtrol

Plastic has been around for over a century. Demands for convenience and lower cost have made it an essential part of our manufacturing. It is present in just about every facet of life, from the food we eat to the cars we drive, plastic is playing a part everywhere we look. Our kids are playing with it. Our chefs are cooking with it. It’s everywhere. 

All waterways eventually make their way to our oceans. This makes the ocean the ultimate destination of every waterway around the world. From our wastewater to creeks, streams, and rivers, water flows toward the oceans. As this water flows, it picks up pollutants along the way. 

And these pollutants aren’t always visible. 

A simple Google search will reveal plastic’s presence as pollution in our environment in various forms. From large pieces of debris floating in the ocean to microscopic particles of plastic being ingested by tiny ocean life, plastic is everywhere. The actual presence of plastic in our environment have been observed since at least the late 1960’s, when a group of scientists observed microplastics in the ocean when studying plankton. And since first being discovered, many efforts have been taken to stop plastic pollution. 

The effort to stop plastic pollution from its widespread impact on our ecosystem has taken on many forms over the years. Some groups are trying to remove plastic already in our environment. Various technologies have been tested, developed, and deployed to gather up the plastics of all sizes that are polluting our land and water. Movements have been started to pick up trash and clean up our water. Some are trying to stop plastic from being produced, championing the use of biodegradable, environmentally-friendly products rather than synthetic plastics. These efforts are sometimes simple grassroots awareness campaigns that encourage consumers to support green companies. Other times, these efforts are effecting legislation, manufacturing protocols, and global platforms for discussion. Others are trying to stop plastic pollution in its tracks. New technologies and innovations are capturing plastic before it ever leaves our manufacturing facilities, our water treatment plants, and our homes.

At Filtrol, we’re stopping plastic pollution before it ever leaves your home. And we’re proud to partner with companies around the global who are part of the effort to protect our planet. 

If you haven’t installed a Filtrol at your home’s laundry tub, now is the time.

It’s a simple installation, a small investment, and a massively impacting decision. 

A Piece of the Plastic Puzzle

The global plastic problem continues to grow and the implications for our world and for the generations to follow are still being measured. Plastic is being found in the most remote parts of the earth: at the deepest parts of the ocean; high in the mountains; deep in the woods; far out into the middle of nowhere. It’s being detected everywhere and its impact is still being deciphered. 

It’s a complex problem being fed by manufacturing, by consumerism, by production processes, and by recycling standards. It’s being perpetuated by habits and lazy behaviors and being ignored by world leaders and CEOs. 

At Filtrol, we are one piece of the puzzle. 

Our easy-to-install, easy-to-maintain lint filter stops more than 90% of the microfiber and plastic particles being flushed out of your washing machine’s wastewater. By stopping the microplastics before they leave your house, they’re not able to enter the ecosystem. When these plastics aren’t stopped, they enter the water treatment system, working their way past filtration systems in municipal treatment plants and back into nature. They find themselves in freshwater sources, food sources like fish and birds, and eventually onto our dinner plates. Millions upon millions of plastic particles are pushed into our ecosystem daily.

We know that our technology at Filtrol has a significant role in how this plastic pollution narrative plays out. Plastic pollution, after all, isn’t going to be solved only with a simple advancement in technology or a single policy decision in Washington or in the international community. It is going to require something much bigger than a washing machine filter. It will require international buy-in. It will require policies and standards that will be followed. It will require funding and follow through. 

And we’re here to fill in our piece of the puzzle. 

To see how Filtrol will make a difference to your home’s plastic pollution output, watch here: 

Filtrol: An Easy Answer to a Hard Question

The man-made materials in plastic are engineered to not break down. Even recycling them doesn’t remove them from our ecosystem but merely repurposes them. So what are the impacts of these particles entering our water, our food, and our bodies? 

That’s a hard question to aswer. 

The questions surrounding microfiber pollution are abundant. Since it’s known that adults consume approximately a credit card amount of plastic every week, we know that plastic is quite literally becoming part of us. What we don’t know, however, is what this presence of plastic in our world is going to mean for us in ten, twenty, or even 100 years. 

BPA, the synthetic, industrial chemical with which plastic and various resins are manufactured, were introduced into our ecosystem, our food, water — and ultimately our bodies — in the 1960’s. As years have progressed since this time, plastic manufacturing has exponentially multiplied, releasing more into the environment and more into our bodies. The presence of plastic in our food and water logically means the presence of the toxins in synthetically manufactured BPA. 

Even now, relatively early into our data collection of its impacts, we are seeing plastic that is consumed having links to the endocrine system. Issues with metabolism, heart rate, digestion, and fertility can rise when the endocrine is effected. And while the full implications of these chemicals in our bodies haven’t fully been discovered and researched, the time to make progressive steps forward is now. 

As the research continues, we should remain committed to truly understanding the impacts of our manufacturing on our health and ecosystem. We should also do all that we can to stop these microscopic particles from the ability to pollute. 

At Filtrol, we’re stopping plastic pollution at its source. The majority of plastic pollution enters our environment through our laundry’s wastewater. As a washing machine spits out wastewater after a rinse cycle, it is also spitting out hundreds of thousands of plastics that the laundry has shed through the washing cycle. At relatively little cost, easy installation, and little maintenance, the plastic is stopped in its tracks. 

We may not have all the answers yet to the questions about plastic microfiber pollution and its impact on our world. But we do have the answer to the question of how to stop it. Buy a Filtrol and do your part to stop plastic from being a permanent part of our ecosystem. 

FILTROL: Keeping Nature Natural

Filtrol is based in Minnesota.

90,000 miles of shoreline. More than 10,000 lakes. The headwaters of the Mississippi River. 

Whether we’re paddling through the serene waters of the BWCA, walleye fishing on Lake of the Woods, or disappearing into an afternoon of water sports, we’re known for water in Minnesota. And at Filtrol, we love the water and everything about the outdoors. We grew up hunting and fishing, enjoying the north woods and surviving crazy winters. We love the landscapes, the seasons, and the culture. Minnesota is our home…even if it’s not for everyone.

But we understand that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to our serene landscapes and idyllic lakeside cottages. There are parts of Minnesota that look pristine, seemingly untouched by humanity. 

Until you look closer. 

Millions of pounds of plastic ends up in our planet’s water supplies, much of it going unseen. Thousands of microplastics are flushed into our ecosystem with each load of laundry. These microscopic pollutants end up in the most remote parts of our country. Deep in Minnesota’s boundary waters. Even far away, high up in the Rocky Mountains. Plastic is everywhere. 

FILTROL – Back to Real Water

Between the research we’ve done, the solutions we’ve built, and the opportunities we’re pursuing, we have begun to see real, measurable change happening in the world around us. Plastic is being stopped in its tracks everywhere that a Filtrol is installed. New iterations of the solution now nearing production are showing even greater potential to solve this plastic pollution problem. 

If you haven’t seen how the plastic pollution can be stopped in its tracks with the Filtrol, check out this video. To place an order, click here

Overcoming Roadblocks: The Plastic Pollution Problem

The world is full of hardworking people helping to keep microfiber pollution in the conversation and to make it a problem that gets solved rather than a burden that gets bigger. We know that we are just one part of a much larger, global movement. At Filtrol, one of the biggest conversations we have as researchers and experts on plastic pollution is about the roadblocks that get in our way. Some of our challenges can be solved with engineering. Some with more funding or by working together. Some of them require a much bigger, more fundamental shift in our culture.

As much as we can, we’re going to work hard to overcome roadblocks and solve the plastic pollution problem. 

Roadblock 1 – Funding

Research and development costs money. Any time our engineers look to re-examine microfiber pollution and find different ways to stop it from continuing on its path, it costs something. Every iteration of our product is another investment of our resources.  And every investment of our resources is a commitment by our team and network. The work that the Filtrol does to stop plastics from leaving your home came because of engineering innovation. Which, in this context, is really just a fancy word for trying and then trying again and then again…and then again. Which is another fancy word for time and money. 

Roadblock 2 – Education

Many of the challenges that we face in our efforts to solve microfiber pollution exist within the human mind. Many people are not aware of the true extent and implications of plastic in our environment. This lack of awareness or education translates into apathy for many people. And apathy is a brutal adversary. 

So from our perspective, the more we can educate people about the realities around us, the more people we have to join us in our fight for our environment. 

Roadblock 3 – Worthy Competitors

We live in a culture filled with challenges and causes. From the months-long battle against COVID-19 to the shifting cultural tides regarding race relations throughout our country, there are many people fighting for many causes that are serious…and worthwhile.

Each fight takes education, money, and passion. 

At Filtrol, we understand that there are many worthwhile causes being discussed right now. Each cause has significant implications for our culture…for our communities, our country, and for our future. 


The roadblocks that we face in our efforts are not unique to Filtrol. They are, however, something that we must overcome if we are going to make an impact on the world around us. 

We remain as committed as ever to stopping plastic pollution and it’s devastating effects on our environment. We understand that this battle will take a long time, a lot of commitment and dedicated resources. We understand that in this fight, success is measured over long periods of time. 

Will you join us in our cause?