​Once microfibres leave your washing machine they are harder to collect at wastewater treatment plants. It’s better to deal with microfibres at the source: the washing machine. 



 

 

Wash in coldWash in cold<div class="ExternalClassA112C7D3F0E14E01A10734889FA934AB"><p>If you do only one thing, wash in cold. Washing in cold on shorter cycles reduces microfibre shedding by up to 50% and helps clothes last longer. <br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/wash-cold.png, Wash in cold http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/wash-cold.png
Wash full loadsWash full loads<div class="ExternalClassEAF8CE4E775344F0AAFAACADBCFC91A7"><p>A full load means less water passing through your clothes, which reduces shedding. <br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/full-load.png, Wahs full load http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/full-load.png
Buy durable clothingBuy durable clothing<div class="ExternalClass1C21FDAED87A4F05A72C83CECBE7E664">New clothes shed the most microfibres. Durable clothes need to be replaced less often. Check out <a href="/thinkthrice" target="_blank">Think Thrice</a> for tips on how to make your clothes last longer.<br></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/buy-quality.png, Buy Quality http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/buy-quality.png
Wear clothes more times between washesWear clothes more times between washes<div class="ExternalClassEB1D57E6C7EF4981B22A1ABA35D7CEA4"><p>Less washing = fewer microfibres shed.<br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/wear-more.png, One more wear http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/wear-more.png
Hang to dryHang to dry<div class="ExternalClass7505222AEDC74498B3087C76AA05BCC3">High temperatures in dryers weaken clothing fibres, which means more are broken off in the next wash. Hang-dry clothes when you can.<br></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/hang-dry.png, Hang dry http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/hang-dry.png
Laundry bags, balls and filtersLaundry bags, balls and filters<div class="ExternalClassF13CAEDC906049D08FEE8C5A32F3C53B"><p>These capture some microfibres, but there are limitations like cost, number of uses, and the need to dispose of captured microfibres into the garbage. <br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/laundry-bag.png, Laundry Bags http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/laundry-bag.png
Spot cleanSpot clean<div class="ExternalClass98CC544E144442E99974FB25096C3E9E"><p>Skip a full wash by removing small spots by hand.<br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/spot-clean.png, Spot clean http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/spot-clean.png
Buy second-hand clothesBuy second-hand clothes<div class="ExternalClass0DC9A89D49AA4D7BBB39995836F66F51"><p>New clothes shed most of their microfibres on the first few washes. Buying used clothes instead of new generates fewer microfibres overall. <br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/scond-hand.png, Buy second hand http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/scond-hand.png
Front load washing machinesFront load washing machines<div class="ExternalClassBBB801149A664D5BA7381A895737D088"><p>Front load washers shed up to 7x fewer microfibres because they use less water and are easier on clothes.<br><br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/front-load.png, Front Load http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/liquid-waste/preventing-problems-pipes/microfibres/tips/PublishingImages/front-load.png