True to the saying, “Achieving more together”, we have joined other mountain sports brands in the Industry Microfiber Consortium of the European Outdoor Group (EOG), to actively work against environmental impact from microfibers. The goal in first order is to better understand the problem, to conduct detailed investigations and, in the end, together to find innovative paths to a solution.
Specifically, we are participating in two research projects since to date contamination from microfibers has not been sufficiently investigated. Led by the EOG’s Industry Microfiber Consortium, the primary goals are to evaluate how the fibers are released, how severe the level of contamination by microfibers in fact is, and which materials could be the primary perpetrators. Based on this, solutions should be able to be subsequently developed for the entire industry.
What can individuals do to contribute to changes now?
- The Guppyfriend washing bag is one of the first practical solutions to prevent microfibers in the laundry of technical apparel from reaching rivers, lakes, and oceans. For further information, please visit www.guppyfriend.com
- Wash less often: Technical apparel must not be washed after every use. Often, airing it out is sufficient. Washing less also saves water and results in fewer microfibers released by friction. Furthermore, there is less wear on the apparel, and it then also lasts correspondingly longer
- Front-loading washing machines are significantly gentler on apparel as are top-loading washing machines.
- Use apparel longer: Damaged apparel can as a rule be repaired instead of immediately buying a new piece. A longer product life cycle also contributes to a decrease in microfibers.