Plastic and…What Else?

What’s In Your Wash?

Did you know that recycling isn’t solving the problem of plastic? There are some who would cringe at that statement, as though it means that we shouldn’t recycle. The fact of the matter is that recycling is simply making the best of a massive plastic problem, but it’s not solving it.

Recycling is repositioning the plastic problem.

Every time you do your laundry, you’re flushing tens – and even hundreds – of thousands of microfibers down the drain in your wastewater. These microfibers come off of your clothes, and they are microscopic (less than 5mm) pieces of plastic. These microplastics leaves your home, enter your septic or sewage system, and ultimately end up in drain fields and freshwater sources. They’re ultimately found high in the Rocky Mountains, deep within the earth’s natural springs; even the most remote parts of the globe. They’re in our drinking water. They’re being consumed by our food sources. They’re everywhere. 

It’s Bigger than Plastic

But plastic microfibers aren’t all that enter our water from our washing machines. Microparticles of all sorts, shapes, sizes, and sources end up attached to our clothes. They run through our laundry and end up flushed into our environment. From glitter to sheetrock dust and metal shavings, our laundry is wreaking havoc on our environment. 

Some of the particles that escape our homes and enter our ecosystem breakdown or cause minimal lasting issues. Others, however, are much more consequential. In any given load of laundry, you could find:

  • Micro fibers: synthetic and natural fibers from clothing
  • Micro plastics: Glitter, wrappers
  • Micro beads: face wash, toothpastes, detergents
  • Sand, dirt
  • Hair: human and pet
  • Fines such as sheetrock dust
  • Metal shavings
  • Organics: food, grass, etc.

How can we protect our ecosystem from the pollutants in our wastewater? 

The only real way to protect our ecosystem from the plastic being flushed with each load of laundry is to stop the production, distribution, and use of all plastics. Since that’s not going to happen in our lifetime, we have to stop them from ever leaving our homes. 

And we need to stop all of the pollutants that are impacting our environment. 

Filtrol does the job to stop pollutants before they ever leave your home. Our after-market solution is compatible with any washing machine, and it’s solving the microfiber and micro particle pollution problem by filtering the water before it is flushed from your home. Learn more by watching this video.

Start doing your part and Get Back to Real Water

Buy a Filtrol 160 for your home and stop micro-particles from ever leaving your home.