DIY Microplastics Filter for Your Washing Machine


By now, most people will have heard about plastic ending up in our oceans creating the so called plastic soup. Most people instantly think about floating bottles and bags. But even more harmful are the billions of small plastic fibers thatend up in our oceans every day. These plastic fibers act like a sponge for other toxic elements that can be found in the oceans. When little organisms like plankton, small fish and other sea animals eat these toxic sponges, these micro fibers enter the whole marine food chain and eventually end up in the fish we eat.
The main cause of this huge amount of fibers ending up in the ocean is you and me washing our synthetic clothes. Between our washing machine and the ocean, in most cases there is no real filter for those micro plastic fibers. Even the filter in your washing machine isn’t designed to filter out these fibers.
The FIYLTER solution is more like a manual for a filter system that mixes and matches components that are cheap and easily available to most people. By building your own FIYLTER you can adjust it to your own needs and requirements.
The simplest FIYLTER can be made in one minute from an old nylon stocking and a rubber band. This won’t be the most effective model, but it will get you started. And all fibers we stop are a win for the ocean environment. The main goal of FIYLTER is to have as many people as possible filtering their washing machine’s waste water. The more accessible it is made, the sooner we can reduce microfibers in the plastic soup.


Simon Desnerck

Since 2017 Innovation Engineer at CREAX, Kortrijk, Belgium
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2009 - 2014 Studies at Delft University of Technology, Industrial Design Engineering, Delft, Netherlands
2014 - 2017 Product Development Engineer at Barco LED, Kortrijk, Belgium
Since 2017 Innovation Engineer at CREAX, Kortrijk, Belgium

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