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Xeros named one of 50 'Global Stars of Sustainable Textiles' by leading industry publication, Apparel Insider Xeros Technology Group has been identified as a leading company in the field of sustainable textiles according to the industry publication, Apparel Insider. Xeros features as one of 50 companies in the special publication “Global Stars of Sustainable Textiles” which was produced to capture a picture of an apparel industry in the throes of positive change, driven by an imperative to become more sustainable. The fashion industry is often identified as one of the most environmentally damaging, with many types of garments consuming vast amounts of water and chemicals whilst producing harmful emissions of greenhouse gasses and microplastics. More is happening now in textile innovation than at any time in history, largely due to so much money being ploughed into sustainability. The world of fashion and apparel needs these innovative new ideas like never before and needs them to be scaled. Brett Matthews, Editor of Apparel Insider Xeros’ innovative technologies help improve the sustainability of the clothes we wear by reducing the amount of water, chemistry and energy used during their manufacture and afterwards when they are laundered at home or in commercial laundries. They also extend their life and reduce harmful emissions including microfibres. Speaking about the launch of the special publication, Mark Nichols, Xeros Chief Executive, said: The resources consumed during the lifetime of the garments we wear is unacceptably high given our fast-growing population and rapidly shrinking natural resources. New technologies being developed by enterprises such as the Global Stars, identified by Apparel Insider, are essential to reduce the impact of the clothes we wear on our shared environment. The scale and speed at which we must adopt these new solutions must accelerate if we are to clothe the world without destroying it. Mark Nichols, Xeros CEO   Xeros Technologies in the Textiles Industry This year, Xeros signed an agreement to licence its denim finishing technology with one of India’s leading apparel equipment manufacturers, Ramsons. In denim finishing, Xeros reduces water, energy and chemical use whilst also removing the need to use pumice stone in producing authentic stonewash finishes. The Company is already licencing its technologies in domestic and commercial laundry and Xeros recently signed its first development agreement for the microfibre filtration technology, XFiltra. [Sustainability, News, Apparel, Publications]

Xeros Named Textiles Sustainability Star by Apparel Insider

Xeros named one of 50 'Global Stars of Sustainable Textiles' by leading industry publication,...
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Xeros Technologies is hiring! We have two exciting opportunities for the right person to join our team - for more information and to apply for these vacancies, please visit the links below: Junior Design Engineer Product Application Technician Please apply on the links above, and not via our Contact page. Both roles are based at our Catcliffe, UK, Xeros Technology Centre.  Xeros is an equal opportunity employer and believes that diversity is vital to success. [News, Vacancies, Recruitment]

New Xeros Job Vacancies - August 2020

Xeros Technologies is hiring! We have two exciting opportunities for the right person to join our...
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The in-machine filtration device from Xeros captures more microfibres than any other device XFiltra, the innovative washing machine filtration technology from Xeros - designed to prevent the release of microplastics from laundry - has been independently verified by scientists at the University of Plymouth as the leading device for reducing the number of microfibres released from washing machines. XFiltra, was tested by Dr Imogen Napper at the University’s International Marine Litter Research Unit, alongside products from other companies to measure their relative effectiveness at capturing microfibres, released from clothes during wash cycles, and preventing their subsequent release in wastewater.   The results show that XFiltra performed significantly better than all other products evaluated. The tests, which were designed to capture microfibres in a mixed wash of synthetic and synthetic/cotton blend garments, show that XFiltra captured 78% of microfibres released during each wash cycle. Similar independent tests conducted by Xeros on purely synthetic garments, show that XFiltra captures over 90% of the microplastic fibres released from them. The University of Plymouth report and test data have been peer reviewed and are published today in the journal Science of The Total Environment. Around 500,000 tonnes of microplastics flow into the world’s oceans every year from washing clothes and textiles containing synthetic fibres, accounting for 35% of all primary microplastics entering the ocean. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros commented: The pollution of our rivers and oceans with discarded plastic waste is happening at an alarming rate. It’s harming wildlife and our precious and finely balanced ecosystems, with microplastics from washing our clothes being a significant source of contamination. XFiltra was developed with the objective of eliminating this form of pollution and with the belief that every household and commercial washing machine needs to be fitted with low cost, easy to use filtration. We’re delighted that the efficiency of our filtration technology has now been confirmed by independent researchers as a world leading solution which provides every washing machine manufacturer with the ability to make a major contribution to the sustainability of garment lifecycles and our planet. MARK NICHOLS, XEROS CEO   [Sustainability, News, Xeros Technologies, Video]

XFiltra™ Rated Best Microfibre Filter For Laundry

The in-machine filtration device from Xeros captures more microfibres than any other device...
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Licensing agreement with leading Asian OEM for garment finishing Xeros has signed a licensing agreement (‘agreement’) with Ramsons Garment Finishing Equipments PVT Ltd (‘Ramsons’), one of the largest garment finishing equipment suppliers in South Asia. The agreement provides Ramsons with an exclusive license for the manufacture and sale of Xeros-enabled garment finishing and dyeing equipment in South Asia. Under the terms of the agreement, Xeros will receive a royalty for each XDrum™ machine sold by Ramsons and a share of the multi-year annuity revenues, paid by the garment manufacturers, for the ongoing use of XOrbs™. The agreement allows for additional geographies to be added into the future. Denim finishing will be the first application to be commercialised under the agreement. Xeros and Ramsons are currently developing cycles on a 5,000 litre XDrum machine ahead of trials with major denim manufacturers. The first sales of machines are anticipated in the second half of 2020, albeit with limited revenue impact this year. About 1.2 billion pairs of jeans are manufactured globally every year with Xeros’ technology significantly reducing the volume of water, chemistry and cycle time used in the processing of raw denim jeans into consumer products. Mark Nichols, CEO of Xeros commented: "The process of making garments, and especially denim, is putting enormous pressure on our natural environment. It consumes vast amounts of water and other raw materials whilst producing chemical and greenhouse gas emissions. "Working together with Ramsons to embed our products in their garment finishing equipment, we have an opportunity to significantly improve the sustainability of the clothes we all wear. "This agreement is our first in apparel production and it validates our efforts to prove that our innovative technologies can have a significant impact in the sector." Protecting the earth’s natural resources and our precious environment is the mantra of sustainability. 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’ products 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   [News, Apparel, Xeros Technologies, Commercial Progress]

Xeros Signs Licensing Agreement

Licensing agreement with leading Asian OEM for garment finishing Xeros has signed a licensing...
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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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Xeros is recognised by the London Stock Exchange as contributing to the global ‘Green Economy’ Xeros Technology Group is among the first cohort of companies and funds to be awarded London Stock Exchange’s new Green Economy Mark. This new classification, introduced on 11 October 2019, has been created to highlight companies and investment funds listed on all segments of London Stock Exchange’s Main Market and AIM that are driving the global green economy. To qualify for the Green Economy Mark, companies and funds must generate 50% or more of their total annual revenues from products and services that contribute to the global green economy. The underlying methodology incorporates the Green Revenues data model developed by FTSE Russell. It provides a detailed taxonomy of environmental goods, products and services, and is designed to recognise both ‘pure-play’ green technology companies, as well as those across all industries that make significant contributions to the transition to a sustainable, low carbon economy. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros said: “As our planet and its natural resources become increasingly stressed, businesses and consumers are turning to companies like ours to offer sustainable alternatives. Just 3.5% of companies listed in London have received this award from the Stock Exchange, which acknowledges the work we are doing to create products that help to protect the environment for future generations.” We’re delighted to announce the first group of companies and funds that are receiving the Green Economy Mark. There is growing investor demand for actionable climate and environment-related financial information, with global asset allocations to green and sustainable finance increasing each year. The launch of the Green Economy Mark underlines our commitment supporting issuers and investors in the transition to a greener economy. Nikhil Rathi, CEO, London Stock Exchange plc and Director, International Development, LSEG   [Sustainability, News, Xeros Technologies]

Xeros awarded London Stock Exchange Green Economy Mark

Xeros is recognised by the London Stock Exchange as contributing to the global ‘Green Economy’...
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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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Joint Development Agreement secured with leading Hong Kong garment manufacturer Xeros Technology Group has signed a Joint Development Agreement (‘JDA’) with one of the world’s largest apparel makers to trial the Group’s sustainable, water-saving technologies in garment production. The Joint Development Agreement ('JDA') with Dongguan Crystal Knitting and Garment Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Crystal International Group Limited, the world's largest apparel maker by volume, marks the Company’s first agreement in textiles. The scope of the JDA is to prove the technical and commercial benefits of Xeros' proprietary XOrb™ and XDrum™ technologies in garment production. The development and testing programme is scheduled to complete before the end of 2019. If successful, the agreement allows for both parties to discuss commercialisation terms for the development and future deployment of Xeros' technologies across a broad range of products. We have now secured third party endorsement across all our three divisions - cleaning, tanning and now textiles. Today's announcement is a major milestone in the application of our technology in one of the world's largest water consuming industries. Almost every garment produced in the world is subject to finishing techniques which consume vast amounts of water as well as chemistry, producing significant amounts of effluent in the process. We expect our agreement with Crystal International to prove out, at scale, the considerable improvements in sustainability and cost delivered by our technologies and the multiple ways in which they can be applied in the production of garments. We expect to sign further agreements with leading garment manufacturers during 2019. Mark Nichols, Chief Executive of Xeros The announcement comes after Xeros signed an exclusive agreement to develop and license its domestic and commercial washing machine technologies to IFB Industries Limited ('IFB'), India's leading domestic appliance and commercial laundry equipment supplier in South Asia.   [News, Apparel, Xeros Technologies]

Xeros announces first textiles agreement

Joint Development Agreement secured with leading Hong Kong garment manufacturer Xeros Technology...
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10-year development and licencing agreement with IFB Industries for domestic and commercial washing machines Xeros Technology Group has signed a major development and licencing agreement with the Indian company IFB Industries to incorporate Xeros’ unique water-saving XOrb™ and XDrum™ technologies into a range of IFB’s domestic and commercial washing machines. IFB is the leading Indian company in the supply of both domestic appliances and commercial washing machines. The agreement is a major step for Xeros in commercialising its technologies and an exciting opportunity bringing Xeros technology to the domestic washing machine market. Full details of the announcement can be found here India is facing extreme water stress. A recent report suggested more than 600 million Indians face acute water shortages and 40% of the population will have “no access to drinking water” by 2030. This agreement with IFB is another major milestone in the commercialisation of our cleaning technologies.   IFB ’s capabilities and market reach make them a very strong commercialisation partner in a country where water demand is expected to increase by more than 60% over the next 30 years with some 80% of the current population already impacted by water scarcity.   With this agreement, IFB’s customers will be able to reduce water, detergent and energy consumption whilst simultaneously benefitting from improved cleaning performance and garment life extension. Mark Nichols, Chief Executive of Xeros   [Sustainability, Cleaning, News, Xeros Technologies]

Domestic and Commercial Laundry Deal Secured in India

10-year development and licencing agreement with IFB Industries for domestic and commercial washing...
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Commercial laundry system is the world's only washing machine awarded Environmentally Preferable Product status Xeros Technology Group has secured a prestigious environmental certification by SCS Global Services, a global leader in environmental and sustainability verification. The certification recognises Xeros’ commercial washing machine as an Environmentally Preferable Product, based on a life cycle assessment of the company’s 25kg machine, operated by Xeros’ commercial laundry business, Hydrofinity. Full details can be found here. To complete the assessment SCS Global evaluated the Xeros' Hydrofinity machine over more than 20,000 wash cycles, testing factors including: water use, energy demand and carbon emissions among other environmental impacts. The results showed that the Hydrofinity machine demonstrated better performance across the board including energy savings of up to 86 per cent (during the use stage) and water savings up to 63 per cent. The results of SCS Global’s certification is validation of the work we are doing to apply our innovative, sustainable technologies across our Hydrofinity business.   In a world where precious natural resources are becoming increasingly stressed, we can no longer accept conventional thinking about every-day, water and energy intensive processes such as laundry.   At Xeros we are committed to developing our innovative technologies to reimagine these processes and divert resources away from industrial processes to where they are needed most – people. Mark Nichols, Chief Executive Officer of Xeros Technology Group     [Sustainability, Cleaning, News, Xeros Technologies]

Xeros secures Environmentally Preferable Product certification

Commercial laundry system is the world's only washing machine awarded Environmentally Preferable...
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Xeros Technology Group welcomes publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s final report into the sustainability of the fashion industry. Xeros Technology Group welcomes publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s final report into the sustainability of the fashion industry. Xeros is pleased to see that the Committee has recognised the need to find a solution to the issue of microfibre pollution resulting from domestic laundry but is disappointed the committee has not gone further to embrace an immediate solution. In written evidence to the inquiry, Xeros recommended the committee should consider whether microfibre filters should be fitted as standard in all new washing machines as the quickest and most cost-effective solution to this form of pollution. But in today’s report the committee recommends the UK Government should facilitate collaboration between the fashion industry, water companies and washing machine manufacturers and take a lead on solving the problem of microfibre pollution. It’s good to see that the committee recognises the importance of tackling this unseen and potentially harmful form of plastic pollution.   However, it’s disappointing the committee has not taken this opportunity to embrace technologies, such as ours, which can offer an immediate solution and help consumers to stop unwittingly polluting the environment every time they turn on the washing machine.   Every week, UK households are potentially releasing more than 9 trillion plastic fibres into the environment just by washing their clothes. We cannot permit this level of pollution to continue while we wait for further research or for new fibres and textiles to come to market.   Technology exists to stop it. We are ready to work with Government and industry to demonstrate why filters in washing machines offer the quickest and most cost-effective solution to plastic pollution from our clothes. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros Technology Group   [Sustainability, News, Apparel]

Xeros Responds To Environmental Audit Committee Report On Sustainable Fashion

Xeros Technology Group welcomes publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s final report...
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MARKEN is the only independent service provider operating in coast-to-coast locations in North America to hold UL DQS ISO 9001:2015 registration and both UL NFPA 1851 and 1855 verification. Xeros Technology Group plc (AIM: XSG, 'Xeros', 'the Group'), the developer and provider of water saving technologies with multiple commercial applications, today announces that MARKEN, its North American high performance workwear business specialising in the cleaning, inspection and repair of firefighter’s personal protective equipment (‘PPE’), has become the only Independent Service Provider (‘ISP’) in North America to secure UL DQS ISO-9001:2015 registration, recognising the company’s highest standards of quality management. The UL DQS ISO-9001:2015 registration has been secured for each of MARKEN’S sites in North America: North Las Vegas, Nevada; Austell, Georgia; Medley, Florida and Corona, California. Additionally, MARKEN has become one of only a handful of ISPs to secure verification under both US National Fire Protection Association (‘NFPA’) 1851 and 1855 standards, covering structural, proximity and technical rescue PPE used by fire departments. The verifications allow MARKEN to clean, decontaminate, inspect and repair every element of a firefighter’s PPE such as jackets, trousers, boots and helmets, using Xeros’ unique, patented technologies. The welfare of the more than a million permanent and volunteer firefighters across the US is of paramount importance to us in developing MARKEN’s service offering. With serious concerns about how firefighters are repeatedly exposed to dangerous situations and toxic carcinogens while in the line of duty, it’s more important than ever to ensure their protective clothing and equipment is effectively cleaned, decontaminated and maintained to ensure it is kept in prime condition.   Securing ISO registration recognises that MARKEN is driving up standards across the US market for the cleaning and maintenance of firefighter’s clothing and specialist protective equipment. “With both ISO and NFPA verification, MARKEN is rapidly establishing a reputation as the market leader in the US for the cleaning and maintenance of firefighter PPE.   We are seeing considerable interest from fire departments across North America - acknowledging the clear benefits of MARKEN’s higher standards of operation and Xeros’ unique cleaning technologies in developing cost-effective and sustainable solutions for the cleaning and decontamination of firefighter PPE. Joey Beeman, General Manager of MARKEN MARKEN is the only service provider operating in coast-to-coast locations in North America to hold UL DQS ISO 9001:2015 registration and both UL NFPA 1851 and 1855 verification. [News, Xeros Technologies]

MARKEN establishes unique position in US firefighter PPE servicing market

MARKEN is the only independent service provider operating in coast-to-coast locations in North...
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There is wide-spread public support to tackle the issue of plastic microfiber pollution in the world’s rivers and oceans, by fitting domestic washing machines with microfiber filters There is wide-spread public support to tackle the issue of plastic microfiber pollution in the world’s rivers and oceans, by fitting domestic washing machines with microfiber filters, according to a study commissioned by Xeros Technology Group, which specialises in making water-intensive industries more sustainable. Washing clothes containing synthetic fibres such as acrylic or polyester is now the single biggest source of microplastic pollution entering our oceans every year. Every time we wash clothes containing synthetic fibres, as many as 700,000 microscopic pieces, known as microfibers, come off and are released into the environment. Recent campaigns about microfiber pollution have focused on the fashion and textile industries, challenging them to address the issue by changing their sourcing and production processes. But a new study of more than 1,100 people in the UK by the global intelligence platform Streetbees, which was commissioned by Xeros, suggests that many people would prefer a different approach. When people were asked to say which potential solutions to microfiber pollution they would support, more people opted for fitting microfiber filters to new washing machines (82 per cent) than limiting the use of microfibers in clothing or avoiding buying clothes containing them. The survey also indicates that the majority want to see strong political direction on the issue, with 61 per cent of respondents ‘strongly agreeing’ and 29 per cent ‘slightly agreeing’ that governments should legislate to make microfiber filters mandatory in all new washing machines. Mark Nichols, Chief Executive Officer of Xeros Technology Group said: “Microfibers that come off our clothes are doing as much damage to the marine environment as plastic bags and discarded fishing gear. And every time we do a load of washing at home we are all unwittingly adding to microfiber pollution in the oceans. “Around the world, innovative companies are looking at possible solutions to microfiber pollution. Last year we made a commitment as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to develop a microfiber filtration system for domestic washing machines. Having done so and seen what is achievable, I believe that fitting filtration to all new washing machines would go a long way to addressing this urgent issue.” The survey by Streetbees also highlights how just how concerned people have become about plastic pollution, with more people identifying it as a serious and urgent environmental issue (92 per cent) ahead of other issues such as global warming, deforestation and over fishing. However, the study also suggests a need for more public education on how microfibers are contributing to the problem because more than half of respondents (58 per cent) did not know that washing clothes containing synthetic fibres resulted in plastic microfibers being released into the environment. And only a third of respondents (31 per cent) identified microfibers as a major source of plastic pollution in the oceans, far fewer than those identifying rubbish such as plastic bottles, straws and discarded fishing gear. The survey also found low levels of knowledge of the impact microfibers are having on humans with: 53 per cent not knowing that microfibers are entering the food chain after being ingested by plankton, and 57 per cent not aware of studies showing microfibers present in drinking water Mark Nichols continues: “With so many people concerned about the impact of microfiber pollution, and our survey indicating overwhelming public support for fitting microfiber filters to new washing machines as a potential solution, it’s imperative for politicians and industry to act now to help consumers make positive choices to tackle this unseen plastic pollution.” An infographic providing more information on XFiltra™ can be found here A video about microfibers pollution and washing machine filtration can be found here [1] https://portals.iucn.org/library/sites/library/files/documents/2017-002.pdf [2] https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/washing-clothes-releases-thousands-of-microplastic-particles-into-environment-study-shows [News, Xeros Technologies, Blog]

New study suggests broad public support for microfiber filters to be fitted to domestic washing machines

There is wide-spread public support to tackle the issue of plastic microfiber pollution in the...
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Anyone who is yet to wake up to the issue of plastic polluting our rivers and seas must have their head in the sand. Programmes such as Blue Planet and Drowning in Plastic have done a brilliant job of showing us the terrible damage being wrought on the environment by discarded plastic. Heartrending images of whales, seals, and dolphins caught in discarded fishing gear, or sea birds dying after eating plastic bottle tops and cigarette lighters, are enough to make us all want to do something to stop it. And this is just the plastic we can see. Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic flows freely into the world’s marine environments unseen. Many of us are familiar with microplastics and the damage they can cause. But the biggest source of microplastic pollution is our clothes: tiny pieces of synthetic fibres called microfibers. Article first published in City A.M 11.10.18 http://www.cityam.com/265309/laundry-biggest-source-microplastic-pollution-heres-we Clothing companies like Patagonia and researchers at the University of Plymouth have shown how – every time we wash clothes containing synthetic fibres such as nylon, polyester and acrylic – microscopic fibres break off and are released into the environment. This amounts to hundreds of thousands of fibres from each wash. Simply by doing our laundry, we are all, unwittingly, adding to the issue of plastic pollution. But just because we can’t see microfibers, doesn’t mean we can ignore them. Scientists have shown microfibers are already entering the food chain, ingested by plankton, and then eaten by fish and shellfish before finding their way to supermarket shelves. Recent campaigns about microfiber pollution have tended to focus attention on the fashion industry, urging manufacturers to switch to more sustainable textiles. This is part of the solution. But this issue is too serious for just one industry to solve. We must work together to find the most effective long-term solutions. Perhaps one of the easiest and most effective answers could be finding a way to stop microfibers getting from our washing machines into the sea. But most water treatment plants are not equipped to filter out such small fibres, and technology enabling them to do would be prohibitively expensive. Innovative companies are looking at how you can contain microfibers in your washing machine by putting all your clothes in a bag before they go in the wash. Others have designed items that go in the machine with the clothes to try and catch the microfibers as they come off. engineers at Xeros have developed a device that filters all the dirty water from the machine before it does down the drain, capturing more than 99 per cent of microfibers from your wash. Whatever the solution is to microfiber pollution, it needs to be as simple and cost-effective as possible for consumers. I believe that fitting filtration to all new washing machines will help immensely. Meanwhile, politicians must also address the environmental labelling of all new white-goods to make it fit-for-purpose. Consumers also need to be empowered to make informed choices about the full environmental impact of the goods that they buy. This government has shown its willingness to tackle plastic pollution. I applaud it for tackling issues, such single-use plastics and banning microbeads in cosmetics. But it urgently needs to address microfiber pollution from laundry, and help us all find a simple and effective solution to this critical issue. Cleaning up the world we share, and protecting it for future generations, is everyone’s responsibility. Article first published in City A.M 11.10.18 http://www.cityam.com/265309/laundry-biggest-source-microplastic-pollution-heres-we [News, Blog]

Laundry is the biggest source of microplastic pollution – here's how we tackle the issue

Anyone who is yet to wake up to the issue of plastic polluting our rivers and seas must have their...
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