Best Pegs is a proud Australian stockist of the innovative Guppyfriend Washing Bag.
Do you own synthetic clothing? It’s hard to avoid it these days. As I write this I’m wearing a polar fleece jumper and lycra tights and if I did an audit of my family’s wardrobes I would find clothes made from acrylic, polyester, nylon and with a six year old daughter there’s plenty of stuff with sequins and beads sewn on. Cute, but have you ever thought about what happens with these items are washed? Tiny synthetic microfibres (lint) break off our clothes during the washing process and because no washing machine or waste water treatment plant can filter these, they make their way into our rivers and oceans where they can easily be consumed by marine life. In fact, microplastic particles have been found in countless species, including plankton, a cornerstone of the marine ecosystem.
Guppyfriend estimates that a city with 100,000 people creates a wash-related volume of microfibres equivalent to approximately 15,000 plastic bags EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Enter the Guppyfriend Washing Bag. Created by two German guys who were shocked to discover that the polar fleece clothing they sold in their LANGBRETT outdoor gear stores was creating a microfibre pollution problem. They came up with the Guppyfriend Washing Bag after discussing the problem over a few beers. The Guppyfriend is a mesh laundry bag that goes into the washing machine. The bag captures shedding fibres as clothes are tossed and spun, preventing the fibres from escaping. You simply zip up synthetic items inside the bag, wash and then remove the microfibres that collect in the seams of the bag and dispose of them in the bin.
What is it made from?
Apart from the zipper the patented bag is entirely made of Polyamide 6.6. The material is untreated, undyed, and does not contain any additives. It’s pure and can even be used in a medical context. Recycled material doesn’t work (yet) for this kind of high-tech mesh. But the washing bag is designed in such a way that it can easily be recycled with identical materials at the end of its lifecycle: The whole bag – except the zipper – is made of a single material.
Is it scientifically proven?
The bag was tested for a period of three years by scientific institutes, universities, retailers and representatives of the outdoor- and fashion industry. These tests serve as a basis for offering the Guppyfriend Washing Bag to their clients as a temporary solution for micro plastic pollution. Mainly, we have tested the Washing Bag with the following scientific and independent institutes:
• German Textile Research Institute, DTNW
• Fraunhofer Institut UMSICHT
• University of California in Santa Barbara as part of a Patagonia research program
The results showed the following:
The Guppyfriend washing bag reduces fibre loss during washing in two ways:
1. The Guppyfriend Washing Bag reduces the amount of breaking fibre significantly. The Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT has confirmed an average amount of a) 79% for partly synthetic clothes, and b) 86% from completely synthetic textiles. The lifetime of the apparel is extended.
2. Fibrous residues and lints caused by washing are retained by the Guppyfriend Washing Bag and therefore do not pollute the wastewater. The determined fibre retention capacity in all test was above 90%, – mostly close to 100%. Nanoparticles, like production residues, often found on cheaper textiles can not be hold back by the Guppyfriend Washing Bag.
Further test results showed:
No toxic additives or harmful substances were found on the product.
Even after 50 washing cycles the bag and all seams are intact (ISO 6330). The bag itself does not lose any synthetic fibres (the Guppyfriend Washing Bag can be used for more than the tested 50 washing cycles when applied correctly).
Cleanliness after washing: blood, ketchup and chocolate could be washed out properly, the washing degree towards skin fat and clay is sufficient.
The amount of fibres that are found in the bag depends on washing conditions and clothing itself.
In summary, the Guppyfriend significantly reduces breakage of fibres, the fibres that do break are held back reliably, the clothes get clean and -if correctly applied- the Guppyfriend keeps harmful microplastic from entering our rivers and oceans for a long time.
Where can I buy the Guppyfriend Washing Bag?
Right here! Best Pegs is a proud Australian stockist of the Guppyfriend Laundry Bag. It is $49.95 and is shipped free within Australia in plastic free packaging and goes along perfectly with Best Pegs stainless steel pegs!