International Study: Professional textile cleaning does not serve plastic soup!

Recent international research from the OSPAR Commission confirms that industrial textile cleaning hardly contributes to plastic soup. In its report “Assessment document of land-based inputs or microplastics in the marine environment” (2017) it is established that domestic washing/ cleaning of textiles contributes 30% to the total amount of synthetic microfibers that end up in the ecosystem. Industrial cleaning hardly contributes to that 30%; the estimate is a small 0.03%.

Lately, contamination. of our eco-system due to microfibres has received a lot of attention. Litter is a big cause of the plastic soup. However, the home washing of textiles also makes a substantial contribution without people realizing that, because relatively large quantities of micro fibers are washed away during each washing cycle. Also in this context professional cleaning is the most sustainable choice!