Collingwood – sign up for a washing machine filter to divert microfibre pollution from Georgian Bay

We need 100 more volunteer Collingwood families to help us collect and measure the microwaste waste from laundering clothing.

Collingwood Volunteers put on filters
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the study. Individually I feel I can do so little as I watch the continuing degradation of the environment & our beautiful Bay, but by being part of a group study that has the potential to change the way we manufacture washing machines & capture microfibres before they reach our waterways, our fish & ultimately ourselves, it felt important. A much broader impact! Georgian Bay Forever has an impact that far exceeds its size. I am so grateful for the work you do & the leadership you have provided!
- Nancy Cunningham, volunteer

FAQ – If I qualify, what do I receive?

You will receive:
Washing Machine Filters

  • A FREE washing machine filter (Wexco Filtrol 160 which retails for approximately $220). You can keep the filter after the project completes.

  • FREE installation of the washing machine filter.

  • Instruction from GBF staff on how to maintain the filter (the filter bag requires emptying and cleaning approximatley every 3 weeks, but depends on your laundry usage). It is an easy step to add to your laundry routine. If you are unsure about any aspect of the filter please reach out we are here to help.We have helped over 300 families in Georgian Bay already install and use filters.

  • Membership in a community who receives information about how [your] particpation in this project is helping the broader effort to stem microfiber pollution to Georgian Bay in Collingwood, and how these efforts are helping reduce microfibre pollution provincially, nationally, and internationally.

  • Want more information?

  • What is Georgian Bay Forever (GBF)? GBF is a registered Canadian charity focused to the protection of the water. For more information on our purpose and mission, visit this link.
  • More background information on microplastics and microfibres. Click here.
  • Help me understand the Collingwood Divert and Capture project. The fight to keep microplastics out of our water. Click here.
  • I want to support filters being built into future washing machines so that many more people can stop microfibre waste from getting into the water. Click here.
  • See how the Parry Sound community demonstrated that washing machine filters used by a community significantly reduce microwaste emissions into the water. Click here.
  • Thank you to these funders who have make the Divert and Capture Collingwood program possible. The views expressed herein are solely those of Georgian Bay Forever.

    This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change.
    Ce projet a été realisé avec l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada agissant par l’entremise du ministère fédéral de l’Environnement et du Changement climatique.
    Charles H. Ivey Foundation
    JP Bickell FoundationThe LeVan Family
    Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
    Great Lakes Local Action Fund
    Hodgson Family Foundation
    The Weston Family Foundation
    Georgian Bay Forever donors

    We also want to thank these valuable partners:
    The Town of Collingwood
    The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
    Blue Mountain Watershed Trust
    University of Toronto Trash Team