You may have noticed that there’s a lot of talk about plastics at the moment. Everyone is getting in on the act – Zero Waste Scotland, Environment Minister Mr Gove, WRAP, Incpen, retailers just to start with. The list seems endless.
Then as we read all about it we come across terms such as deposit return system, single use plastics, greater recyclability, microplastics, microbeads, plastic free aisles, PRNs, circular economy, producer responsibility and even extended producer responsibility.
Most of us wear synthetic clothes of some sort. Have you ever noticed that as time passes your fleece becomes a little thinner? If you have, have you ever asked why? And if the answer is abrasion and creation of microplastic particles during the wash cycle, then where will that end up? The waste water goes from the washing machine to the foul sewer to the water treatment plant to the sea.
What to do about it? Can we contain the particles?
Yes we can – to an extent.
Enter ... the Guppyfriend. Igot mine recently in Patagonia’s outlet shop in Dublin.
- Simon Stringer