Inditex and Jeanologia’s Solution to Microfiber Shedding

Air Washer

A Groundbreaking Approach to Combat Microfiber Shedding

The textile industry is facing a significant challenge – microfiber shedding. This issue has far-reaching environmental implications, but two Spanish companies, Inditex and Jeanologia, are stepping up to the plate. They’ve developed the Air Fiber Washer, a pioneering industrial air system designed to extract microfibers during garment fabrication. But can this innovative solution truly make a dent in the microfiber pollution problem? The answer lies in the technology’s unique features and potential impact.

The Air Fiber Washer: A Game-Changer in the Textile Industry

  • Innovative Technology: The Air Fiber Washer is the first industrial air system that uses dynamic airflow combined with microfiltration to capture microfibers. This technology reduces microfiber release in initial washes by up to 60 percent.
  • Sustainable Process: The washer’s process is water- and heat-free, ensuring no compromise on fabric quality. It’s a testament to Jeanologia’s commitment to sustainable technology, as seen in their other innovations like the atmospheric washing process, Atmos, and the G2 ozone technology.
  • Impressive Collection Capacity: Each Air Fiber Washer can collect up to 325 kg (716.5 lbs) of microfibers each year, depending on fabric type and machine conditions. The collected microfibers are stored in a containment bag for potential recycling.

The Environmental Impact of Microfiber Shedding

Microfiber particles, though small, have a significant negative impact on the environment. A University of Plymouth study found that up to 700,000 microfibers can be released in a single 13-pound load of at-home laundry. These pollutants enter waterways and eventually the food chain when ingested by marine life. The Air Fiber Washer aims to mitigate this environmental threat.

The Future of Microfiber Management

The collaboration between Inditex and Jeanologia is just one example of how the industry can respond to the challenge of microfiber shedding. Other players in the supply chain, like Patagonia and Samsung, are also taking steps to curb the crisis. With France mandating microfiber catchers in all new laundry appliances by 2025, the future of microfiber management looks promising.

Call to Action

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