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European Commission: Less microplastic emissions from washing machines! Adjust energy label!

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Synthetic fibers from washing machines make up a large part of the microplastics in the world's oceans. [1]

Adapted washing processes (low temperatures, low spin rates) and waste water filters can drastically reduce the number of synthetic fibers in waste water. There are no EU guidelines to limit the amount of microplastic a washing machine is allowed to emit.

The aim of this petition is to ensure that manufacturers of washing machines are involved in the solution of this problem.

We, the undersigned, call on the European Commission to add the point "Emission of microplastics" to the energy label of washing machines and to specify limit values for new devices.

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Reason

In order to reduce pollutant emissions in road traffic, the EU regularly sets stricter limit values ​​- and vehicle manufacturers have to adhere to them.

This is different with household appliances. The EU does indeed have the energy label. This certifies that household appliances work particularly efficiently and thus consume little electricity and water. This is a good decision-making aid for customers - as these devices save money in the long term - and at first glance they are even good for the environment.

However, washing machines emit hundreds of thousands of synthetic fibers with each wash cycle. Multiplied by billions of wash cycles worldwide, this results in a gigantic amount of microplastic that reaches rivers, lakes and oceans almost unfiltered via sewage. Day after day, year after year.

Synthetic fibers from washing machines make up a large part of the microplastics in the world's oceans nowadays!

And once it arrives in the food chain, sooner or later it ends up on our plate.

[1] Source: IUCN Plastics Report (Seite 34)

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Thank you for your support, Martin Henke from Kelmis
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  • Dear supporters,

    Thank you for signing the petition! There is already far too much microplastic in the environment, so we need to act urgently! The more supporters the petition has, the higher priority it will be given. That's why we need to find many more supporters quickly. Please talk to friends and relatives, family and colleagues! Share it on social networks!

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    Martin

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Why people sign

  • 20 hours ago

    We Need To Get Polyester Clothing Boycotted Too. I Love The Filter Idea, All Washing Machines And Dryers Should Have That!!

  • Ben Brawn Medowie

    23 hours ago

    I'm not even in the EU but if the EU do it then it might flow on to other countries. There is just too much microplastic getting into the environment and it isn't right.

  • 2 days ago

    There is no control over the spread of microplastics in the environment, the biosphere, the food chain and our bodies. Microplastics are harmful for small animals and they may be harmful for humans as well.

  • Jennifer Miller , Cincinnati

    2 days ago

    Microplastics in our oceans are one of the most worrisome and problematic challenges facing all countries as we source so much of our food from the world's oceans

  • 3 days ago

    Microplastica zijn zeer schadelijk voor mens en dier. Daardoor dus slecht voor het milieu.

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