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Xeros has signed agreements paving the way for microfibre filtration in household washing machines. The Company has signed agreements with two domestic washing machine manufacturers to test and trial XFiltra for the consumer market. It’s also signed an agreement with the German component manufacturer Hanning to test and market XFiltra with manufacturers of domestic washing machines. These follow an agreement with the commercial laundry giant Girbau to launch a new range of microfibre filtration products, incorporating XFiltra technology, for the commercial laundry market. Microfibres, which are tiny fragments of the fibres used to make clothes and textiles, are a major source of pollution in the environment. They are shed from clothes when we wear and wash them. It’s estimated that 280,000 tonnes of microfibres end up in rivers and oceans every year and, in the UK alone, more than 9 trillion microfibres are released from domestic washing machines into wastewater every week. Where synthetic fibres like nylon and polyester are used, microfibres are a form of microplastic. These fibres are often used in casual clothing and are a staple of the sports and outdoor fashion industry. The agreements will see Xeros working directly with multiple washing machine manufacturers to incorporate and test XFiltra in their domestic machines. One is a major brand in the household appliance market, which is headquartered in Asia. It will conduct extensive testing of XFiltra ahead of field trials. Another is a smaller European-based manufacturer which will incorporate XFiltra in their household washing machines ahead of consumer-facing trials. In addition, Xeros will be working with the German component manufacturer Hanning to develop, test and market XFiltra with a number of other manufacturers. Hanning is a leading supplier of component parts to domestic washing machine manufacturers and an expert in pump technologies. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros commented: Washing machine manufacturers are increasingly putting sustainability and protecting the environment at the heart of their products. This includes preventing microfibre pollution, which is generated by washing clothes.   We’re delighted to be partnering directly with multiple washing machine brands and a world renowned component supplier to the industry, all of whom share our concern for the environment, our passion for helping consumers to ‘wear better™’ and reducing the impact of microfibre pollution on the planet.   Politicians are putting pressure on the industry to incorporate microfibre filtration in household washing machines by the middle of the decade. Working with our new partners we are paving the way for that to become reality.   [XFiltra, Xeros News, News, Filtration]

Domestic XFiltra™ Trials To Begin

Xeros has signed agreements paving the way for microfibre filtration in household washing machines....
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Landmark agreement will tackle microfibre pollution resulting from commercial laundry processes Xeros has signed an historic agreement with the commercial laundry giant Girbau, to license the company’s microfibre filtration technology, XFiltra™. The deal will see Girbau introduce a new range of microfibre filtration products, incorporating XFiltra technology, to the commercial laundry market. The 10-year deal will enable Girbau to sell new Girbau-XFiltra products across multiple geographies including key markets of Europe and North America. The first sales are expected in 2021. Microfibre pollution, much of which is caused by washing clothes and textiles, is a huge and growing problem. Tiny fibres, some of which are a form of microplastic, wash off fabrics during wash cycles. A large proportion end up polluting the environment. An estimated 280,000 tonnes of microfibres end up in rivers and oceans every year and, in the UK alone, an estimated 9 trillion are released from laundry into wastewater every week. Xeros believes all washing machines should have microfibre filtration technology to prevent microfibres being released into the environment. The Girbau-XFiltra microfibre filtration product has been jointly developed by the two companies over the last 15 months and uses the core design principles of the domestic washing machine filtration technology developed by Xeros over the last four years. With a capture rate in excess of 90% of all microfibres, the new Girbau-XFiltra products are self-cleaning devices which can be fitted inside new washing machines or attached externally to existing machines. They can even be reconfigured to filter effluent from entire laundry facilities. The products are designed to work with machines covering a range of facilities from coin-operated laundromats to commercial and industrial laundries. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros said: This is an historic moment for Xeros and our goal of helping people to ‘wear better’ by reducing the environmental impact of the clothing we wear and fabrics we use.   Commercial and domestic laundry processes are generating enormous amounts of microfibre pollution which is damaging our rivers and oceans, and harming wildlife.   So, we are delighted to have signed our first filtration license agreement with Girbau, a company which shares our vision and passion for protecting the environment, preventing pollution and minimising waste.   This is a giant step for Xeros and Girbau and it presents an opportunity for everyone who uses commercial washing machines to do what’s right. [News, Filtration]

Xeros Seals First Microfibre Filtration Deal

Landmark agreement will tackle microfibre pollution resulting from commercial laundry processes...
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How we are working to help the world wear better and to protect precious water resources  On Monday 22nd March, we celebrate World Water Day - a global movement that raises awareness of the universal water crisis. This year, World Water Day is highlighting what water means to people, how we value it, and how we can protect this essential life resource. We all have a water footprint; we all use large amounts every day. Many of us try to reduce our water use by having shorter showers or turning the tap off when brushing our teeth. But, many people don't realise that the majority of our water footprint doesn’t come from our taps - it comes from the things we buy and use every day. Books, furniture, cars, electronics all use huge amounts of water during their production. You may not know this but our clothes are one of the largest consumers of water on the planet. For years, what we wear has been using more than its fair share of water. A typical pair of jeans takes 10,000 litres of water to produce, equal to what a person drinks in 10 years. THE AMOUNT OF WATER CONSUMED BY OUR CLOTHES IS JUST STAGGERING  Textiles production (including cotton farming) uses around 93 billion cubic metres  of water annually. This is enough water to keep the combined populations of India and China hydrated for nearly 42 years1. These are countries that produce much of the worlds cotton and today, have significant water stress in many areas. Beyond fibre production, the use of washing machines in apparel manufacturing is estimated to require an additional 20 billion cubic meters of water per year globally. Unless we find more ways to reduce our consumption, individually and collectively, the increasing pressure that we are putting on finite water resources will become unbearable. In many parts of the world, it already is.  Put simply, we have to use less water and stop polluting it. Keeping our clothes longer and buying less of them will help greatly. Putting water consumption information on garment price tags would really help consumers make good decisions.  MARK NICHOLS, CEO, XEROS TECHNOLOGY GROUP Encouragingly sustainability is an increasingly used mantra across almost all sectors, especially fashion. Understanding these impacts, many consumers are moving away from “fast fashion” - the mass-production of cheap clothing which is worn very few times and then thrown away. A recent article in CNN titled “The world is paying a high price for cheap clothes,” highlights how fast fashion is harming our planet. Shoppers are starting to embrace the growing movement of “slow fashion”, which focuses on sustainable materials and transparent, ethical labour and manufacturing. As consumers and industry look to reduce these impacts, they are seeking innovative solutions that protect the environment. Integrating Xeros' technologies in apparel production equipment means the environmental impact of the clothes produced is dramatically improved. Ramsons Garment Finishing Equipments PVT Ltd, the commercial partner of Xeros for garment finishing equipment in South Asia, explain why embedding these innovative technologies into their machines will have a significant impact on the fashion world. Across India and South Asia, garment manufacturers are actively looking for new and innovative technologies to help us protect our environment, which is under extreme pressure from the effects of a changing climate. By embedding Xeros technologies in our equipment our clients will save water, energy and reduce harmful emissions. It represents the best option for sustainability. SUNDER BELANI, MANAGING DIRECTOR RAMSONS Ramsons have installed Xeros-enabled machines into ABA Group's operations in Bangladesh. ABA are a supplier of clothing to international brands including American Eagle, H&M and Zara.  Water consumption in the Laundry World Laundry, an everyday chore, has a huge impact on the environment. Doing just 5 loads of washing per week in a modern domestic washing machine uses 13,000 litres of water2 in one year. This amount amplifies when you start thinking about laundry on a commercial scale. Water intensive sectors - hotels, commercial laundries, caterers - have been keen to cut their consumption for many years. Xeros have a water-friendly solution, which can reduce water use by up to 80 per cent. At the heart of these machines is XOrbTM Technology. Reusable, recyclable, and safe, XOrbs gently clean and protect clothes using less water and chemicals. They mix into the XDrumTM at the start of the wash and gently remove dirt and stains like tiny little hands. XOrbs also dramatically increase the life of garments and fabrics making them look much better for longer. When the wash cycle is completed, the XOrbs automatically go back inside the XDrum and are ready to be used again for your next wash. Georges, the commercial laundry partner of Xeros in France, specialise in the cleaning and maintenance of workwear. They have plenty of high-profile customers including SNCF, Renault Design and Air France and process the outfits of 25,000 employees using eleven Xeros-powered commercial washing machines. Karine Da Silva, Chairwoman of Georges, describes what water means to her. Almost a quarter of humanity lives in countries with physical water scarcity. And by 2030, that number could double. The world could face a lack of available water of about 2.700 billion cubic meters by 2030 with demand 40% higher than available. Our industrial laundry activity uses water as its primary resource. As we created Georges, it was essential to design a system that would allow us to save this natural and precious resource as much as we could. We chose Xeros-enabled washing machines to save up to 80% water for each cleaning cycle . By making this choice, we allow our customers to join Georges in the fight for water conservation and more generally in a CSR approach. Pollution from our Washing Machines As well as using less water, World Water Day is also an opportunity to acknowledge that washing machines contribute to polluting our rivers and oceans. Every time we wash our clothes, they shed hundreds of thousands of tiny fibres known as microfibres. Washing machines currently don't have filters to catch them, so they end up in wastewater. Globally, an estimated 500,000 tonnes of microfibres enter wastewater systems every year and around 280,000 tonnes escape to the marine environment. You can read more about microplastics and how to stop your clothes polluting the ocean here. Again, Xeros has a practical solution to stop nearly all microfibres from getting into our seas. XFiltraTM, an innovative washing machine filtration technology, can now be easily integrated by all washing machine manufacturers. This filter is available for both domestic and commercial washing machines and is designed to be simple and easy-to-use. XFiltra has been identified as the most effective device at preventing microfibre release from washing machines Research conducted by the University of Plymouth tested six devices designed to capture microfibres: three washing machine filters plus laundry bags and balls, on mixed wash loads of synthetic and synthetic/cotton blend garments. The Xeros filter, which is designed to be installed in washing machines by manufacturers, performed best. The prototype XFiltra used in the study caught 78% of all microfibres but the latest generation XFiltra designs capture more than 90% of all microfibres. Read more about how Xeros captures more microfibres than any other device. What next? World Water Day is the perfect opportunity to consider where all the world’s water is going and where it should be going. It’s a moment to realise that safe drinking water belongs to thirsty people instead of the new garment that we may not need. It’s a moment to realise that doing laundry is contributing to plastic pollution in our oceans. Solving the water crisis is daunting and often the statistics are frightening. But the solution truly starts with us as individuals, and we can all play a part by simply buying fewer clothes and making the ones that we have last longer. Xeros and our partners are working together to help the world wear better.  Here’s what water means to more of our partners Jiangsu Sea-lion Machinery Co., Ltd is a market-leading manufacturer of commercial washing machines and laundry equipment in the Chinese market, and a commercial partner of Xeros. Aaron Zhang, Deputy General Manager, at Sea-Lion describes what water means to him.  We need water to live. Water is one of our basic living needs. Besides that, we need water almost in every aspect of daily life, like working, transportation and entertainment. As leaders in the laundry business, we advocate that customers and partners choose water-saving technologies. Our company develops products with energy-saving features. We work with our customers to meet their needs and those of our planet. Agemon Hightech Ecology is a licenced distributor of Xeros Technologies in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Manager, Tomáš Rolínek, explains what he does to conserve water, one of the rarest substances on Earth. Water is the basic essence of life. Without water, we would not be able to survive for more than 7 days. Water is simply a miracle.   Our company PROZAC stavebni is very close to modern technologies. Therefore, we decided to create its own division of water and energy-saving high-tech technologies - Agemon High Tech Ecology, which focusses on technologies that significantly save water and energy.   We are extremely proud that we have managed to establish cooperation with Xeros, which produces highly efficient industrial and at the same time ecological washing machines, which can save up to 80% water, 50% energy and 50% washing detergents.   In this case, it is 100% true that ecological high-tech technologies can also be highly beneficial and economical for individual companies. References: 1. An average person in India drinks 2.17 litres. The combined population of India and China is 2.81 billion. 2. A modern washing machine uses 50 litres of water per cycle [Sustainability, Cleaning, Apparel, Xeros Technologies, Filtration]

World Water Day 2021: The Water Footprint of Your Clothes

How we are working to help the world wear better and to protect precious water resources  On Monday...
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Sam Athey has studied both synthetic and natural microfibres. We asked about her recent studies. Samantha Athey is a PhD student at the University of Toronto's School of Earth Sciences, and an expert on how washing clothes is generating pollution in the environment. Sam specialises in research examining how microfibres and chemicals from clothing are contaminating the Great Lakes and oceans around Canada. She has just published important research showing how microfibres from denim jeans are polluting the farthest reaches of the planet.... You specialise in studying microfibre and chemical loss from clothing. What led you to this area? During my undergraduate and Masters programs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, I conducted research on the impacts of microplastics on marine and estuarine organisms (read more about this work here). What interested me most about this work, was how chemical contaminants interact with microplastics / microfibers and the implications of this phenomenon in the environment. For my PhD dissertation research at the University of Toronto, I am investigating the release pathways of microfibers and associated chemical contaminants. More specifically, I am interested in the role that microfibers play in the release of chemical contaminants to the environment. Microfibre pollution is a significant environmental issue. Can you give us a sense of just how big it is? Microfibers, a majority of which come from textiles, are a widespread form of anthropogenic pollution. These small fibers have been documented in nearly every environment on Earth, from indoor air in Australian homes to remote Canadian Arctic sediments. They have also been found in products destined for human consumption - e.g. tap water, beer and seafood. As I am typing this, I can see microfibers in the dust between my keyboard keys! Do you think people know about microfibres... and that they are unwittingly causing pollution just by wearing and washing clothes? Awareness of the microfiber pollution issue is growing. However, I do believe there is a general misunderstanding of the source and general nature of microfiber pollution. Most research and communication on the issue has focused on plastic microfibers. The problem with this view is that it neglects a large portion of anthropogenic microfibers that we find in the environment. Microfibers can also consist of natural or semi-synthetic materials (e.g. cotton, rayon) that are modified using synthetic chemical additives. While these fibers do degrade faster than their plastic counterparts, ‘natural’ fibers are sufficiently persistent to potentially cause impacts to ecosystems. These ‘natural’ fibers have been found to be widespread in the environment and, in many cases, are more abundant than their plastic counterparts. This means that research, communication and solutions devised to address this issue need to have consideration for the complete suite of anthropogenic microfibers (i.e. not simplifying the solution to just switching to natural textiles). You recently published research into the extent of 'natural' microfibre pollution from denim jeans. Why did you choose to study denim? This study came about in a rather unique way. My co-authors and I focus on different environments and in a lab meeting we were discussing the type of anthropogenic fibers we were finding in our samples. Cotton dyed with indigo was a common type of fiber throughout all of our samples. As the group was wondering where or what these fibers were coming from, Miriam Diamond - Professor and corresponding author on the study - said something along the lines of: Oh my - I bet it's blue jeans! Thus, the goal of tracing these fibers to their source was born. Ultimately, denim provides a prime and personal example of how the remnants of our clothing is far-reaching (from your washing machine to the Arctic Ocean). What did you find? We found microfibers to be abundant across all environments and sites that we sampled in our study - from the Canadian Arctic to the Great Lakes. One of the most common types of microfibers we found were cotton fibers dyed with synthetic indigo dye. Because these fibers were also prevalent in effluent samples taken from wastewater treatment plants, we concluded that clothes washing may be a source of these fibers to the aquatic environment via wastewater. To determine if washing blue jeans was in fact a source of these fibers to the environment, we conducted a series of controlled washing experiments. We captured and analyzed the types of fibers released from washing denim and compared them to the fibers found in the environment - and they matched! So, we were able to conclude that blue jeans are a source of microfibers to the environment via wastewater from suburban to remote areas. Were you surprised by the extent of the denim fibres you found? Sadly, we were not surprised to find denim fibers throughout our environmental samples. Blue jeans are a widely popular garment across the globe (with approximately 450 million pairs sold annually in the US alone). We know that fibers can be released from our clothing (including denim) during normal wear and tear, as well as washing and drying. These dislodged fibers can then enter the environment through several different pathways (e.g., wastewater). Do we know how long these fibres can last in the environment and the ocean? While we know that ‘natural’ fibers, like denim, do not last as long in the environment as plastic microfibers, our study provides evidence for the long-range transport of denim fibers (potentially via atmospheric or oceanic currents), as well as ingestion by biota. This means that these types of microfibers are sufficiently persistent to contaminate remote areas across the globe, where they could be of concern to wildlife. Could these microfibres be harmful to wildlife - and potentially us? This is a good question – and one of the questions that we have coming from our study! Now that we know these fibers are widespread in the environment and being ingested by biota, our next steps are to investigate the effects and implications for wildlife. Denim is made from cotton - classed as a natural fibre. From an environmental perspective, should we be choosing natural fibre clothing over synthetic fabrics? Good question! In terms of microfiber pollution, research is relatively limited, but past studies that have compared fabric types have found cotton sheds more microfibers than synthetic fabrics (e.g., polyester). This makes sense since one of the reasons synthetic fabrics are so popular is their durability. However, because all fabrics shed microfibers that contaminate the environment, the solution to microfiber pollution is more complicated than simply switching fabric types. When considering the environmental impact of the material that your clothing is created from, you should also consider other factors, such as greenhouse gas emissions, water and pesticide usage, etc. Science has done an amazing job highlighting microfibre pollution. But it hasn't really told us whether it matters - whether it could be harmful. Should we be concerned? Research on the impacts of microfibers is just now coming out and the impacts of plastic fibers (let alone non-plastic fibers) to humans and wildlife are still not fully understood. However, as we have shown in our study, this form of anthropogenic pollution is widespread. Until we understand the impacts, we should be taking preventative steps to mitigate the potential impact of microfibers on the environment. How can we stop, or at least reduce microfibre pollution? We have identified a couple of steps that a person could take to reduce the quantity of microfibers released from their laundering: Wash your jeans less often (manufacturers recommend washing once a month at most, if possible) Use a washing machine filter or other device to trap microfibers released during washing When in the market for a new pair of jeans, purchase used or second hand (our study shows used jeans shed less fibers than new jeans). For the most part, these best practices hold true for other types of garment as well. Should washing machines change to include filters to catch microfibres? In the past, some washing machines made in North America had lint filters similar to those found in tumble dryers. So washing machines certainly can be manufactured with filters to remove lint (including microfibers) and other debris from the wash. Research from our group has shown that washing machine filters are effective at diverting microfibers from entering the aquatic environment through wastewater discharge via washing. Politicians have done a lot of work on reducing plastic waste such as bags and straws. In your opinion, should they also be focusing on microfibre pollution? Because microfibers are one of the most common forms of anthropogenic particles (e.g., microplastics) that we find in environmental samples, I do think that legislative action on this issue is possible (as seen in California, Connecticut and New York). This may involve the establishment of diverse working groups to address the problem, establishing requirements for clothing manufacturers and evaluating microfiber filtration systems. Sam Athey. You can learn more about Sam Athey’s work on microfibres and the environment on her website and microfibre blog, and you can follow her on Twitter @sustainablesam_ All images have been reproduced with the kind permission of Sam Athey, who retains all copyright. [Sustainability, Guest Post, Filtration]

Q&A With Samantha Athey: Microfibre Scientist

Sam Athey has studied both synthetic and natural microfibres. We asked about her recent studies....
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Washing clothes, particularly those containing synthetic fibres, is a major source of environmental pollution. We take a look at the issue and suggest some simple steps you can take to reduce it... There is a certain irony in the fact that washing our clothes causes pollution. But every time we do the laundry, hundreds of thousands of tiny fibres - known as microfibres - are washed off our clothes, down the drain and into the environment. As many as 700,000 microfibres can be released from a single load of laundry. In the UK alone it’s estimated that at least 9 trillion microfibres are released into the waste water system every week. A significant number of these pass through water treatment facilities and flow freely into rivers and oceans - where they become marine pollution that can be ingested by all kinds of creatures, and enter our food chain and water supplies. Microfibres and Microplastics All our clothes shed fibres when they are washed, regardless of the material they are made from. This will come as no surprise to anyone who owns a tumble dryer. The ‘fluff’ that gets caught in the dryer filter is the same material – clothing fibres – that break off in the wash. A significant proportion of these are microplastics - shed from garments which are made from synthetic materials like nylon and polyester. Good examples of clothing manufactured from man-made fibres include high performance sports and outdoor garments, as well as any item with 'stretch'.  These synthetic microfibres are sometimes referred to as microplastic fibres (or microplastic fibers in the US!) and collectively they are the single biggest source of primary microplastics entering our oceans every year. Globally, it amounts to about 500,000 tonnes per annum - this is equivalent to every single person on the planet throwing 15 plastic shopping bags directly into the sea, every year. A Growing Problem In many households around the world, washing machines have become essential items. There are hundreds of millions in use around the world with millions more sold each year. According to Euromonitor more than 95 million automatic washing machines were sold in 2020 with almost 2.8 million sold in the UK. That’s a lot of laundry releasing a lot of microfibres and, as the global population increases, more washing machines in more households will mean more microfibres are released into the environment every day - until something is done to stop it. Stopping the Flow A permanent solution will require action at many levels and include: Producing clothes and textiles that don’t shed as many microfibres Buying fewer clothes and washing them less often Developing better wastewater management systems Another obvious place for attention is our washing machines. A very significant proportion of the microfibres released during laundry cycles could be prevented from entering the environment by simply re-engineering washing machines to include filtration technology to prevent microfibre release. But today, there are no washing machines on sale that have this technology. We believe there should be. So do others. France recently passed laws that require microplastic filters in all new washing machines by 2025. But until filtration technology is standard in all new washing machines, we will continue to pollute the environment every time we do the laundry. Fortunately, there are some simple, practical steps you can take to mitigate the issue until you are able to purchase a new machine incorporating effective filtration technology... Keep Clothes for Longer New clothes are great. The first time we wear them they look and feel amazing. Sadly, that look and feel can quickly fade as a result of washing. But while they may look great, new clothes also release significantly more microfibres than older garments when they are washed. At Xeros, our own data shows that a new garment may shed as many as 8 times more microfibres than the same garment after 5 washes. After that, microfibre release stabilises at a much lower level. So, buying fewer new clothes and keeping the ones we have for longer can significantly reduce microfibre release during washing. Wash Less Often There is lot of debate around how often you need to wash different garments for hygiene purposes, and how often you should wash them to get them clean. The CEO of the denim company Levi made headlines recently by saying he rarely washes his jeans and denim aficionados actually argue you should never wash them. The chances are we all wash garments far more frequently that we need to. And if each wash produces 700,000 microfibres, it stands to reason that fewer wash cycles will reduce the number of microfibres released to the environment. Turn off the Tap! One major factor affecting microfibre release is water. The more water that is used during a wash cycle, the more microfibres are released. Studies have shown that by reducing the volume of water used during washing cycles, the number of microfibres released from garments can be reduced significantly. This simple step can reduce microfibre release by as much as 30%. But be aware that some wash cycles which may sound like they could help – like delicate cycles – can actually make matters worse. That’s because they use more water and, as a result, more microfibres are shed. Line dry or Tumble dry If you can, you should probably line dry clothes rather than tumble dry them. Our data shows that while the lint filter in a tumble dryer can capture shed fibres, the process of tumbling could lead to a higher rate of shedding as the strength of the fibres may be reduced. Although, from an environmental perspective, by far the biggest advantage of line drying is saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Stop buying Synthetics? One suggestion that many support is to stop buying synthetic garments and only buy clothes made using natural fibres. But ALL fibres shed microfibres, regardless of whether they are cotton or nylon. For a long time researchers felt that natural microfibres didn’t matter because they would degrade in the environment - something synthetics don’t do. But researchers are now questioning whether this is true... Scientists are finding that natural fibres can persist in the environment for a very long time, due to chemical treatments applied during manufacture. Many of the chemicals they are treated with can also be toxic to wildlife. Additionally, ALL microfibres can attract harmful pollutants which are already present in the environment. On that basis, it makes no sense to favour natural over synthetic garments – plus, the land, water and fertiliser used to grow cotton means it is far from a sustainable choice. Lobby for Washing Machine Filters Effective in-machine filtration can make a significant difference to the sustainability of our laundry. To date, only one manufacturer has committed to installing filtration in new washing machines, but these machines are not yet available to buy. Environmental charities are lobbying for laws to be changed so ALL new domestic washing machines have filtration technology. In the UK, the Marine Conservation Society is campaigning for legislation to mandate filtration in washing machines. Supporting their campaign and spreading the word would be a great thing to do. If you’re in the process of choosing or buying a new washing machine, ask the retailer why none of the models they sell have filters fitted as standard (despite all of the models they stock having seemingly glowing environmental ratings) or even better, ask the manufacturer directly. While you're at it, why not contact your MP to ask what they are doing about this issue? We should all be pushing for manufacturers to install a washing machine microplastic filter in every product. Solutions built into the machine are best Recent studies by the University of Plymouth tested the effectiveness of various devices at preventing microfibre release from laundry. The results showed that the best washing machine filter, XFiltra (an in-machine filter designed to be installed by manufacturers in new washing machines), can catch almost 80% of all microfibres, Today, several companies sell filters that you can buy to plumb into your current washing machine waste pipes - assuming you have the space outside the machine to mount the equipment and the technical know-how to install it (or a good plumber on call), as well as the ability to afford them.  However, Plymouth’s peer-reviewed scientific study showed that these devices, which are not integral to the machine, caught as little as a quarter of the microfibres. The same study also looked at how effective laundry bags and balls could be in preventing microfibre release. The best example prevented just over half of microfibre release and the worst little more than 20%. But even when these products have done their job, how do you collect and dispose of the microfibres they catch? The chances are, many people will simply run them under a tap – entirely defeating the object and flushing the microfibers straight down the drain. They can also reduce machine capacity and wash performance leaving your clothes washed to a lower standard than you normally expect, and are only designed for use with synthetic garments. Keep it Simple Buying products like external filters and laundry bags help consumers take small, positive steps towards limiting the microfibre pollution released from their laundry. Yet in actual fact, simple steps like washing less often and using low-water cycles will probably have a far greater impact. Other ideas, like getting clothes manufacturers to perform pre-sale, filtered washing of new garments to remove the initial high level of microfibre loss, could dramatically reduce the overall release of microfibres from household laundry. Garment manufacturers already perform washing cycles before finished clothes are sold to consumers, so simply need to introduce filtration technology into their equipment. But the quickest, and cheapest step to minimise microfibre pollution from household laundry will be for all washing machines to be fitted with filtration technology as standard. France has taken a first step to making this happen with sweeping environmental legislation. If washing machine manufacturers don’t now take a lead on this, it’s likely other Governments will soon follow France’s example and force the issue. A recent statement from the UK’s environment secretary sums it up: ...manufacturers should harness the latest technology to protect our marine environment and we are keeping the compulsory fitting of microplastic filters under close review. As consumer awareness of microfibre pollution grows, support for filtration increases. A recent UK study by the Marine Conservation Society found most people (81%) support legislation to make microfibre filters mandatory in washing machines. But until the fitting of filters become widespread in the industry it is important that we all try to do what we can to minimise microfibre pollution in the ocean. Our laundry tips can help make a difference. (and of course, if you are a washing machine manufacturer or major retailer that we're not yet in talks with, please do get in touch to learn more about the benefits of our filtration technology!) [Sustainability, Filtration, Blog, consumer]

How to stop the microplastics in your clothes polluting the ocean

Washing clothes, particularly those containing synthetic fibres, is a major source of environmental...
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Xeros signs first development agreement for microplastic filtration in commercial laundry Xeros has signed a Joint Development Agreement (‘JDA’) with a global leader in commercial laundry solutions, with the aim of incorporating the Company’s microplastic filtration system, XFiltra™, into their commercial washing machines. Washing textiles containing synthetic fibres, such as nylon or polyester, is a major source of microplastic pollution. Globally, it accounts for 35% of primary microplastics released into the oceans every year. As many as 700,000 microplastic fibres can be released in the wastewater from a single load of domestic laundry. Xeros’ patented filtration system, XFiltra removes up to 99% of these microplastic fibres from laundry effluent. The device lasts for the lifetime of the washing machine and does not use disposable filter cartridges. Xeros’ joint development partner aims to be the first company in the world to provide commercial laundries with washing machines fitted with microplastic filtration. Upon successful completion of the joint development, the JDA provides for the negotiation of a commercial agreement to license Xeros’ filtration technology in a number of geographies in exchange for royalties. This invisible form of plastic pollution is highly damaging to our environment and wildlife and is one of the ways in which microplastics are readily entering our food chain. Having developed our filtration solution over the last three years, we are delighted to be working with one of the world’s most respected and environmentally aware commercial laundry solution providers. We believe XFiltra to be the most effective product available, enabling companies and consumers to substantially reduce this form of microplastic pollution. Legislation currently being passed in various geographies will hasten and increasingly mandate adoption of in machine filtration in order to remove microplastics from washing machine effluent streams. Mark Nichols, Chief Executive Xeros   [News, Xeros Technologies, Filtration, Commercial Progress]

Microfibre Filter Development Agreement

Xeros signs first development agreement for microplastic filtration in commercial laundry Xeros has...
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New paper presents detailed analysis of how XFiltra™ can help prevent microfibres ending up in the world’s oceans Every year more than half a million tons of microfibres are released into the world's oceans from the simple act of washing our clothes. For the last three years Xeros has dedicated itself to preventing this by developing a cost-effective and highly efficient filtration system designed to be an integral part of any washing machine. Today, Xeros is publishing a paper on its work offering a summary of the issue and extent of microfibre pollution, plus a detailed assessment of XFiltra including the results of our in-house testing data. It’s now well known that washing our clothes generates tiny plastic fibres that end up in our rivers and oceans. It’s also well known that these fragments are present in our food and water supplies. With XFiltra, we have developed an effective and highly efficient way of preventing this from happening. We have chosen to take the wraps off XFiltra to be open and transparent about our solution. Today, not a single washing machine is manufactured with effective microfibre filtration. I hope that this paper will help convince manufacturers, retailers, brands, politicians and consumers of the need for change. Mark Nichols, CEO of Xeros Click this link to access a copy of Addressing Microplastic Pollution From Laundry [Sustainability, News, Xeros Technologies, Filtration, Blog, Publications]

Whitepaper | Tackling Microplastic Pollution From Laundry

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Patent application for microfibre filtration in domestic washing machines published Xeros has announced that its patent application for microfibre filters suitable for domestic washing machines has been published by the World Intellectual Property Organization The device is trademarked XFiltra™ and its design can be licenced by any domestic washing machine manufacturer to drastically reduce microfibre pollution from the washing of clothes. Washing clothes containing synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon has been identified as the single biggest source of primary microplastics released into the oceans every year with as many as 700,000 microfibres released into the environment from a single domestic wash cycle. XFiltra is the world’s first operationally effective and commercially viable filter to address this issue. As part of our objective to radically improve the sustainability of water intensive industries, we made a commitment in 2017 to the UN Ocean Conference that we would produce a solution to the issue of microplastic pollution from domestic laundry. XFiltra fulfils that commitment. XFiltra is a low-cost solution to one of today’s most pressing environmental issues: plastic pollution. XFiltra captures up to 99% of all microplastic particles shed from clothing during a domestic laundry cycle. Solving the issue of microplastic particles entering the environment from our clothes will require action at many points of the supply chain including washing machines. We are now engaged in meaningful discussions with washing machine manufacturers, retailers and clothing brands regarding XFiltra – this represents a giant step towards reducing the largest source of primary microplastic pollution in the ocean. Mark Nichols, CEO of Xeros   [News, Xeros Technologies, Filtration]

Microfibre Filtration Patent Published

Patent application for microfibre filtration in domestic washing machines published Xeros has...
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XFiltra is an innovative new technology which can be integrated into any size washing machine to reduce the amount of microplastic fibres released with effluent by up to 99%. This prevents these potentially dangerous tiny particles from being consumed by plankton and entering our food chain, as well as being found in our drinking water.  [Sustainability, Xeros Technologies, Filtration, Infographics]

Infographic | XFiltra Microplastic Filtration

XFiltra is an innovative new technology which can be integrated into any size washing machine to...
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