Laundry: Microplastic Release, How to Minimize Your Impact

Laundry: Microplastic Release, How to Minimize Your Impact

In today's fashion-forward world, we often overlook the impact our laundry practices have on the environment. Did you know that every time we wash synthetic textiles, such as tights, they release tiny microfibers into the water? These microplastics can have devastating effects on marine life and ecosystems. At Betty, we believe in not only looking good but also doing good. Let's explore how we can minimize our impact while still enjoying our favorite tights!


Understanding Microplastic Pollution

Microplastics are tiny plastic particles measuring less than 5mm, often resulting from the breakdown of larger plastic items or the shedding of synthetic fibers during washing. These microfibers enter our waterways and eventually make their way into oceans, rivers, and lakes, posing a serious threat to aquatic life. Fish and other marine organisms mistake these particles for food, which can lead to contamination of the food chain.

The Impact of Synthetic Fibers

Tights, leggings, and other garments made from synthetic materials like polyester and nylon contribute significantly to microplastic pollution. During a single wash, a garment can release thousands of microfibers into the water. While we want to stay stylish, it’s essential to consider the environmental impact of our clothing choices.



How to Minimize Microplastic Release

Here are some practical steps you can take to reduce microplastic pollution while caring for your tights and other garments:

1. Choose Natural Fibers

Opt for garments made from natural fibers like cotton, wool, or silk whenever possible. These materials are biodegradable and do not shed microplastics. At Betty, we focus on high-quality materials to help you minimize your environmental footprint.



2. Use a Guppyfriend Bag

Invest in a Guppyfriend bag or similar microfiber-catching laundry bag. These bags are designed to trap microfibers during the wash, preventing them from entering the water supply.



3. Wash Less Frequently

Reduce the frequency of washing your tights and other synthetic garments. Consider air-drying them between wears to extend their lifespan and minimize the number of washes. Spot cleaning can also help when dealing with minor stains.

4. Use Cold Water and Short Cycles

When washing tights, opt for cold water and shorter cycles. Hot water can cause more fibers to break down and shed during the wash. By using gentle cycles, you’ll help maintain the integrity of your tights.

5. Air Dry When Possible

Avoid using the dryer for your tights. Instead, lay them flat to dry or hang them in a shaded area. This not only helps preserve their shape but also prevents further fiber shedding.



Advocate for Change

Join us in advocating for cleaner waterways and sustainable fashion practices. By spreading awareness about microplastic pollution and supporting brands committed to sustainability, we can make a difference.


At Betty, we’re committed to minimizing our environmental impact while providing you with high-quality tights that enhance your style. By implementing these simple laundry tips, you can contribute to reducing microplastic pollution and help protect our planet. Remember, every little bit counts!



Want to learn more about sustainable practices or have questions about caring for your tights? Feel free to reach out to us on Instagram. Together, we can make a positive impact on our world!