Introducing GuppyFriend, the bag that collects microfibres

Every time we wash synthetic garments, hundreds of thousands of microfibres make their way into the ocean. The GuppyFriend Washing Bag is just one step you can take to help protect our marine life.

Extend the life of your gear and help protect our marine life.

Invisible to the naked eye, microfibres are tiny particles that measure less than 5mm in size. They shed during the washing cycle from synthetic material like nylon and polyester.

Scientists have detected these tiny plastic particles in ocean organisms across the food chain; from microscopic plankton, to the fish we eat. Because of their size, microfibres can also pass through sewage treatment plants to our water supply.

The GuppyFriend is part of our holistic solution to microfibres – to trap them at their source in your washing machine. But more needs to be done across the entire microfibres journey if we want to find a long-term solution.

The Bigger Picture

Despite their size, microfibres are a big issue. The outdoor industry is determined to understand how we can best mitigate our own impact. It’s a long and complex process – we still need to better understand our role so we can implement the best long-term solution that we can.

For instance, the Outdoor Industry Association Sustainability Working Group has a vision to create products that do no harm. This may include working with textile manufacturers to develop new materials which shed less plastic.

After product development, it’s essential to look at the next stage of the journey. For the moment, the filters in washing machines and wastewater treatment plants are unable to capture 100% of microfibres. In the future, a multi-faceted solution might include developing new materials, designing smarter washing machines, and upgrading wastewater treatment plants.

Our individual consumption also needs to change radically. Synthetic material is in high demand. A city the size of Berlin releases a wash-related volume of microfibres equivalent to around 500,000 plastic bags every day. It’s pretty clear there’s no quick fix. Luckily, the GuppyFriend is a practical and effective short-term solution to reduce plastic pollution in our waterways right now.

Tested by the German Textile Research Institute and the University of California Tested by the German Textile Research Institute and the University of California
Tested by the German Textile Research Institute and the University of California

How GuppyFriend Works

You can treat the GuppyFriend like a regular wash bag. Open it up, pop in your synthetic garments, and wash your gear as per the tag instructions. Pretty easy. The biggest difference is this wash bag isn’t just extending the life of your gear – it’s also trapping microfibres as they shed from your clothing.

Depending on how often you wash, you’ll find an accumulation of microfibres in the upper corners of the bag. Once the clusters are big enough for removal, chuck them in the bin.

It’s difficult to control what happens to microfibres after we wash our synthetic textiles, but the GuppyFriend gives you the option to wash responsibly and dispose of the synthetic microfibres the right way.

The next time you wash your synthetics, use a GuppyFriend.