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Fast Track: Addressing the Problem of Microfibre Pollution in Waste Water, Waterways and the Oceans

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  • 15 Pages
  • March 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Textiles Intelligence Ltd.
  • ID: 5793085

The problem of pollution from microplastics is an urgent concern. Among the biggest causes of microplastics pollution are fibre fragmentation during the manufacture and processing of textiles and apparel, and fibre shedding during domestic laundering. 

To address the problem, some companies are developing technologies which help to slow down or eliminate fibre shedding while others are developing methods of testing fabrics for fibre shedding and measuring how fibre shedding varies with different types of fibres, yarns, fabric constructions and finishes. Meanwhile, researchers are developing methods to filter microfibres shed during domestic laundering and reduce the amounts of microfibres shed during domestic laundering. 

In this report, Robin Anson analyses some of the solutions developed in order to address the problem of microfibre pollution by brands and organisations, including Nilit, Polartec, The Microfibre Consortium (TMC), Under Armour and the ZDHC Foundation. Also, he examines a testing method developed by researchers at the University of Leeds which enables them to compare the amounts of microfibres released from different fabrics under different washing conditions in the laboratory, and a method developed by researchers at the University of Toronto which enables them to reduce the amounts of microfibres shed by synthetic fabrics during the laundry cycle. 

Who should buy this report?

  • Manufacturers of fibres, textiles, clothing and chemicals
  • Textile and clothing machinery manufacturers - spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing and import/export
  • Textile and clothing brands and retailers like Adidas, H&M etc.
  • Educational institutions like universities, fashion schools etc.
  • Business consultancy firms 
  • Textile and clothing trade associations
  • Government trade bodies

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction 
  2. Nilit: Sensil Biocare Biodegradable Fibre 
  3. Polartec: Shed Less Fabric Technology 
  4. Under Armour: Innovative Testing Technique 
  5. University of Leeds: Quantification of Microfibres Released Through Laundering 
  6. University of Toronto: Reducing the Amount of Microfibres Shed by Synthetic Fabrics During Laundering



Companies Mentioned

  • Nilit
  • Polartec
  • Under Armour
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Toronto
  • The Microfibre Consortium