The contamination of microplastics in our oceans comes from, among other things, 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 that won't 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 RISE and Mistra Future Fashion, clearly show that washing of textiles is one of the largest contributors.
It was clear that the textile industry and its stakeholders needed more knowledge and information on microplastics. A research gap was 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 that 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 they can be equipped with a filter that can reduce the emissions of microplastics.
Electrolux Professional, Electrolux, RISE, Bergans, Dressman, Fjällräven, University of Gothenburg, University of Borås, RNB RETAIL AND BRANDS, ELLOS Group, Boob Design, Filippa K, Ginatricot, Haglöfs, Houdini, STOP! MICRO WASTE, PeakPerformance, TPC Textile, Chalmers University of Technology, Johanneberg Science Park, Peak Innovation, Nilorn, Guppy Buddy, H&M, IKEA, Scania, Sustema, Varner , Västsvenska Kemi- och Materialklustret, Y. Berger & Co