This is how A.S.Adventure combats microplastics

When you wash synthetic fabrics, minuscule particles of plastic are released, which make their way to the oceans via wastewater. How can we keep our love of the outdoor life from polluting our planet?

What damage can microplastics cause?

No less than a third of the plastic soup in our oceans consists of microfibres that are release when washing synthetic clothing. Water treatment plants are not successfully able to filter the smallest particles of plastic out of the water, either. What’s the impact? Many animals, like fish and seabirds, eat these practically invisible pieces of plastic without realising it, which means that they do not ingest enough food and they starve.

 

Plus, these microplastics also present a clear and present danger to humans. Because their rough surface is filled with holes, these little particles of plastic easily bind with chemical waste substances from factories and the agricultural industry. When these microplastics are then eaten by fish, which then make it into our own food chain, we are thus poisoning ourselves with plastic waste too.   

What does A.S.Adventure do?

A complete ban of synthetic fabrics is easier said than done. It’s really no surprise that they are so often used in outdoor clothing: their unique properties are not always comparable to natural textiles. And natural fibres also have their own environmental issues. That’s why A.S.Adventure opts for brands that actively work to reduce their ecological footprint, like Vaude, for example. This German brand launched the first ocean-friendly fleece made from Tencel®, which only releases biodegradable microfibres when washed, at the end of 2018. And we make our own efforts to reduce the waste mountain with our house brand Ayacucho, in the form of a jacket made from recycled PET bottles.

What can you do personally?

Being a sustainable company is a process, not the final destination. You, as a consumer, can make a difference here too. Here are a few tips:

  • collect these microfibres in your washing machine, by using a microfilter or a Guppy Friend laundry bag, for instance, so that these don’t make it into the wastewater;
  • wash your synthetic clothing less frequently, on a shorter cycle, and at a lower temperature;
  • make sure you put a full load in your washing machine before you run it, so that there is less friction between the clothes;
  • use liquid laundry detergent rather than abrasive powders;
  • throw the lint in your dryer’s filter into the trash instead of washing it down the sink;
  • avoid buying cheaply produced clothing of a lower quality that more quickly releases microfibres.