XFiltra™ is easy to use and helps consumers cut microfibre and microplastic pollution in our oceans
Xeros has taken the wraps off the product design of its innovative domestic washing machine filter, XFiltra, the leading solution in tackling microfibre pollution from laundry.
Multiple patent applications have been filed covering the inventions within the device, which captures more than 90% of all microfibres (both synthetic and natural) that are released from clothes during wash cycles.
XFiltra can now be easily integrated by all washing machine manufacturers, as a standard part, across their product ranges.
This new design for home washing machines makes day-to-day use simple for consumers, with it's detergent drawer location making it easier to access and use than any other available solution.
When XFiltra needs emptying, the process is as simple as disposing of fibres from tumble dryers - but with consumers never needing to touch them.
The design is durable, recyclable and has no need for ongoing replacement parts.
An industrial capacity XFiltra has already been developed with one of the world’s largest commercial laundry equipment companies and is expected to be released for commercial size machines in 2021.
Synthetic microfibres from laundry are a significant source of microplastic pollution. Together with microfibres from natural textiles, they are found everywhere in aquatic environments.
Microfibres do not readily degrade. They easily enter our food chain by being eaten by plankton and other animals, potentially causing harm to wildlife and, possibly, us.
Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros commented:
When we began inventing a microfibre filtration system for washing machines it wasn't widely known that, when washed, our clothes release microfibres into the environment, including microplastics.
But a single load can rinse as many as 700,000 microfibres down the drain, with a significant number ending up directly in our rivers and oceans where they pose a threat to finely balanced ecosystems.
XFiltra's performance and usability are substantially better than any other solution currently available.
This year, a prototype XFiltra device was shown, by researchers at the University of Plymouth, to be the most effective device at reducing the release of microfibres from laundry, to the environment.
XFiltra captures more than 90% of all microfibres released during laundry cycles.
It also meets or exceeds consumer expectations for microfibre filtration products, revealed in research by the University of Antwerp.
Xeros expects XFiltra to be at the forefront of performance standards for microfibre filtration, currently being defined by the French government.
This year, France became the first country in the world to pass legislation requiring all new domestic washing machines to have a microfibre filter fitted, as standard, from the beginning of 2025.
Mark Nichols continues:
Removing microfibres from washing machine wastewater by installing filters is the best and quickest route to making a major reduction in microfibre pollution created by our clothes. It is one of many things that need to happen.
Yarn and garment manufacturers have a role to play in developing and using fabrics that shed fewer fibres over their lifetime. Water companies also have a role to increase the rates of microfibre capture at treatment plants - although only 20% of the world's wastewater is treated before being discharged.
With XFiltra, we are helping the world see that with small changes and innovative technologies, it is both possible and realistic to make a major contribution to improving the sustainability of our planet.