PTC is The Better Way to do Laundry:

Almost zero impact on plastic soup

Although highly publicized measures have been taken, such as eliminating plastic straws and charging fees for plastic bags at stores, small plastic fragments continue to be produced in homes through domestic washing. Many experts all over the world raise the topic of the negative impact domestic washing has for growing the plastic soup problem. A study of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, showed that samples of wastewater in Tokyo contained 420 microplastic particles per liter, with most of them being fibers. “We are surrounded by plastic,” said Ryota Nakajima, a researcher at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology who runs a blog on how to reduce plastic use in our daily lives.

 

Solution? Professional Textile Care, the only sustainable choice.

OSPAR Commission confirmed last year that professional 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%.

 

CINET’s representative in the Dutch Infrastructure and Water Management Commission

Dr. ir. Henk Gooijer, Technical Manager of TKT, works also as a member of the Dutch Infrastructure and Water Management Commission, representing the The Netherlands’ Professional Textile Care sector. This initiative aims to identify the impact of microfibers on the environment and to propose and implement effective and practical solutions. Also in other countries initiatives are taken to deal with this. CINET is actively partnering up to stimulate information exchange.