A large portion of our clothing is created with synthetic material that sheds as it's laundered and contributes to water pollution, so this new microplastic filter technology is intended to help prevent this from occurring.
The filter was developed by a team of researchers at the Shinshu University in Japan and utilizes bulk acoustic wave (BAW) technology in order to use sound waves instead of physical filters. This will work to treat wastewater as it's expelled from a washing machine, and diverts microplastic waste in one direction and gray water down the drain.
The microplastic filter technology is reported to capture 95% of PET fibers as well as 99% of Nylon 6 fibers, but will need to be further refined to increase the filtering speed before it can go into production.
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