The contamination of microplastics in our oceans comes from, among other things, regular clothes and fabrics made of acrylic, polyester and nylon. MinShed is a three year research project with the overall goal to create knowledge which will help the textile industry to design clothes made of synthetic fabrics which do not emit microplastics.
Microplastics have proven to be an environmental problem in our oceans. When the microplastics enter animals and plants, hazardous contaminants do too. The reason for the increasing amount of microplastics in the ocean is not fully known, but a number of reports including one that was published by Swerea IVF and Mistra Future Fashion clearly show that washing of textiles is one of the greatest contributors.
Following an investigation, it was evident that the textile industry and its interested parties needed more knowledge and information on microplastics, and a research gap has been identified regarding the connection between fabric design and microplastics emission, as well as studies on how the design of washing machines can reduce the emissions.
The goal is to create knowledge and guidelines which will help the textile industry to design and create clothes made of synthetic fabrics which do not emit microplastics. The project will also investigate how washing machines are designed and whether or not they can be equipped with a filter that can reduce the emissions of microplastics.
The project is financed by FORMAS and will go on between the years 2018-2020.
Bergans, Boob Design, Dressman, Electrolux, Ellos Group, Filippa K, Fjällräven, Gina Tricot, Guppy Buddy, Haglöfs, H&M, Houdini, Ikea, Nilörn, Peak Performance, RNB, Scania, Sustema, TPC Textile, Varner and Y. Berger & Co.
Chalmers University of Technology, Johanneberg Science Park, University of Gothenburg, University of Borås, STOP! Micro Waste, Peak Innovation (Vinnväxt initiative from VINNOVA) and Västsvenska Kemi- och Materialklustret.
Lorenzo Del Frari investigated in his master thesis at The Research Hub by Electrolux Professional and the University of Udine the shedding of microplastics from a real wash process. Lorenzo’s results were shared with the MinShed project participates during the meeting on 10 May 2019.
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