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Reducing microfiber pollution from the fashion industry

Description

A sizeable fraction of marine microplastics pollution derives from the ‘shedding’ of textiles microfibres during clothes washing. Forum for the Future is working with a major textile manufacturing firm in Southeast Asia for global brands to improve industry understanding and awareness of microfiber shedding, promote the implementation of manufacturing processes that reduce shedding, and catalyze industry action for the branding of products with low microfibre shedding properties.

  • Raise industry understanding of the issue
    It aims for manufacturers to understand, which manufacturing processes create the most microfibre shed, and pioneer game-changing product design and manufacturing solutions to mitigate this growing problem.

Forum for the Future final report

  • Improved manufacturing that reduces fibre shedding
    The results of the research will inform the understanding of the changes to be made in the textile manufacturing process and materials design practices that can reduce microfibre fragmentation and release.
  • Promote branding of low shedding clothing products
    The ultimate end goal of the project is to arrive at a “new normal” where minimizing microfiber shedding in product and use phases of all apparel products become a mainstream industry practice.

Forum's final report, published on 2 Feb 2023: Tackling Microfibres at Source, investigating opportunities to reduce microfibre pollution from the fashion industry through textile design and manufacturing innovation

 

Feature stories:

 

IMPLEMENTATION STATUS: Progress summary as of November 2022 (PDF)

 

Details
Tackling microfibres at source: Investigating opportunities to reduce microfibre pollution from the fashion industry through textile design and manufacturing innovation
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  • Innovator Forum for the Future, APAC
  • OIC Financing
    USD 250,000
  • Beneficiary Malaysia, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Singapore
  • Category
    Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Focal Point
    Karen Sim
  • Reducing microfiber pollution from the fashion industry
    Reducing microfiber pollution from the fashion industry
  • Reducing microfiber pollution from the fashion industry
    Reducing microfiber pollution from the fashion industry
  • Reducing microfiber pollution from the fashion industry
    Reducing microfiber pollution from the fashion industry
  • Reducing microfiber pollution from the fashion industry
    Reducing microfiber pollution from the fashion industry