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Samsung’s new washer captures microplastics from your dirty laundry

Harri Weber of TechCrunch reports on Samsung’s new washer, which captures microplastics.

The C3 Take
  • Samsung is rolling out two new washing machine filters – one is a plastic-catching filter and another is a specialized wash cycle that cuts microplastic pollution in half.
  • When your washing machine knocks your clothes around, the friction causes synthetic fibers to shed microplastics which then go to the ocean or waste-water treatment centers.
  • The company partnered with Patagonia for a year to develop these features.

“One company certainly won’t solve plastic pollution, but luckily other folks are working on this problem, too. Third-party filters and washing bags are two ways to reduce the environmental cost of washing synthetic materials, yet they’re no substitute for buying less or even ditching plastic clothes altogether.”

Read the full article here.

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