GBF Winter 2022 Newsletter

Volunteer Larry Jordan with his Washing machine filter. Captured microfibres from household washing machine filters. Total lint collected since 2019: 22.82 kilograms collected over 487 days estimated to contain 639 million to 9.7 billion microfibres! Parry Sound Study Reference: IErdle LM, Nouri Parto D, Sweetnam D and Rochman CM (2021) Washing Machine Filters Reduce Microfiber Emissions: Evidence From a Community-Scale Pilot in Parry Sound, Ontario. Front. Mar. Sci. 8:777865. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.777865 Graphic below by Lisa Erdle. Next steps for GBF: We will continue to share the results widely to effect mass adoption of filters on washing machines to staunch microfibre pollution in water bodies. That includes sharing information with provincial, national, and global leaders and audiences and organizations to support microfibre filters built into future washing machines, and encourage current washing machines owners to fit their laundry rooms and washers with external filters. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MASS-SCALE FILTERS? Support passage of Ontario Private Member's Bill 279: Environmental Protection Amendment Act (Microplastics Filters for Washing Machines), 2021. “The Bill amends the Environmental Protection Act to prohibit the sale or offering for sale of washing machines that are not equipped with a specified microplastics filter and to provide for corresponding penalties in case of non-compliance with the requirement.” Visit gbf.org/microfibres • an MPP letter template by the Georgian Bay Association, • a petition to download • and an invitation to register for a February 24th webinar. At the same time, you can reduce your personal microfibre emissions by: • Buying a Filter (The Microplastics Lint Luv-R sku EE002 and the Wexco FIltrol 160 are available online in Canada and have been tested to be over 85% effective). Costs range from about $180 – $220 CDN, and they are about the size of a paper towel dispenser. • Wash your laundry with COLD water • Do FULLER loads of laundry • Wash your clothes LESS • Avoid FAST fashion • REPURPOSE, REPAIR, and REUSE your textiles • Buy LESS • If buying a newmachine, buy a FRONT loader • If you are in Collingwood, email brooke.harrison@gbf.org to qualify for a free filter in our program there. Thank you to our funders and partners The ECCC EcoAction Community Funding Program, Lush Handmade Cosmetics Ltd., Patagonia Environmental Grants Fund of Tides Foundation, RBC Foundation, Charles H. Ivey Foundation, J.P. Bickell Foundation, LeVan Family Foundation, Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation, and GBF Donors. GBF wishes to acknowledge the support of these partners: The Rochman Laboratory at the University of Toronto, The Diamond Environmental Research Group at the University of Toronto, The Town of Parry Sound, The Georgian Bay Biosphere, The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Fashion Takes Action. SHARE THESE STATS: GBF.ORG | WINTER 2022 | 5

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