Each week we provide one action item for YOU to reduce your carbon emissions. We also share the amount of emissions that you save by taking the action, and we track your overall reductions for you.
Week 11: Action of the Week
Install a Microfiber Capturing Filter to the Discharge Line of your Washer
A new study shows that synthetic fibers are found throughout the Arctic Ocean and are being ingested by wildlife. Where do these synthetic fibers come from? The wastewater from our washing machines.
The good news is that there is a solution: microfiber capturing technologies. The most effective product seems to be the Filtrol* which uses a reusable mesh filter to remove microfibers from your washer’s discharge water. While there isn’t enough research to determine the amount of carbon emissions that are reduced from filtering out these microfibers, it was calculated that the Filtrol removes 89% of microfibers from your wash. Microfibers and microplastics negatively impact the health of ecosystems, animals, and humans, so filtering out microfibers prevents them from reaching our lakes, streams and oceans and becoming a part of the food chain.
You may remember our very first “Action of the Week” was to wash in cold water, which saves you 350 pounds of CO2 per year. Add in a microfiber filter as well and your laundry will be “clean” in more ways than one!
For a personal account of how the Filtrol works and how to install the product, check out this blog.
*We are in no way connected to Filtrol—one of our team members uses the product at home and has given positive feedback.
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At 7th Generation Advisors we are diligently working with scientists, policymakers, activists and clean tech companies to create a clean energy economy for all, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to protect all living things seven generations into the future. We care about the future of our planet. Will you join us?