Patagonia and Samsung have partnered to combat the microplastics that result from textiles and laundry.
Microplastics as a result of clothes washing has to date not received the same awareness campaign compared to other sustainability efforts, such as water-saving technologies. When synthetic textiles are washed, microplastics from garments including stretchy denim, fleeces, nylon and polyester will all see microplastics end up in the waterways. Even delicate cycles release copious amounts of plastics.
In a statement Samsung said together with Patagonia the companies are working on a feasible, effective and expandable way to combat the microplastics that result from textiles and laundry. Samsung is designing new machines that minimise the impact of microplastics.