We need 100 more volunteer Collingwood families to help us collect and measure the microwaste from laundering clothing.
Thank you for wanting to reduce microfibre/plastic waste shed from your clothes in the laundering process. It is an opportunity to participate in a project with 200 other Collingwood families to see how much microwaste can be diverted from Georgian Bay with washing machine filters in the remaining 1 year. See how you qualify below. Participating is important: microfibre contaminants are less than 5 mm in size and can shed off your clothes in the hundreds of thousands in just one wash. By volunteering to put a filter on your washing machine, you would SIGNIFICANTLY collect and divert your clothing microwaste going to wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) by as much as 89%. That's meaningful because although WWTP do a good job cleaning dirty water before putting it out to Georgian Bay - WWTP were not conceived or built to capture all the microwaste we have been putting down the drain. Sadly, billions of microfibres are getting into freshwater bodies like Georgian Bay and effecting the health of aquatic animals who think microfibres are food, and then that contamination moves up the food chain. Researchers have found microfibres in Great Lakes fish, 80% of tap water sampled, and in Great Lakes beer -it's in their water, and it is in yours - and the constant supply of it from washing our clothes CAN BE diverted from the water.
If you are in Collingwood, see if you qualify for a free washing machine filter and are able to partipate in the remaining one year of the project. *Only while quantities of filters last
How do I qualify?
FAQ – If I qualify, what do I receive?
Want more information?
The Town of Collingwood
The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
Blue Mountain Watershed Trust
University of Toronto Trash Team