On the surface, microfibre cloths seem like a sustainable cleaning solution. They clean well. They don't need a lot of product. They can be reused. They have a pretty dark secret though...they're actually made of plastic!
The microfibre used in these cloths is made from two synthetic polymers - polyester and polyamide (more commonly know as nylon). Whilst they might feel and look like fabric, they are essentially made of plastic.
Yes they can be good at picking up dirt but have you ever noticed the tiny particles of fluff they leave behind? Well, it's not fluff! It's actually particles of plastic. That plastic is not just leaving a trail behind in your home, every time you wash that microfibre cloth it's causing plastic pollution to our oceans.
It's not just microfibre cloths causing this harm. Anything made with synthetic material has the potential to release thousands of fibres with every wash. How?
- The microfibres get released into the water in your washing machine
- Our water treatments fail to capture them all
- They then make their way to our oceans where the fibres attract organic pollutants
Microfibres are now the most prevalent type of microplastic in the environment and are known to contaminate fish, salt, honey and even drinking water and guess what that means? We are digesting that harmful contamination.
However, all is not lost, here are some simple tips to help to reduce our microfibre pollution;
- Conscious consumption; switch your microfibre cloths to a sustainable bamboo alternative (we have a great one in our Box One)
- Wash less & choose a delicate cycle when washing
- Use a washing bag or a filter in your machine to help catch the microplastics