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Parliamentary question - E-001371/2020Parliamentary question

Plastic microfibre filters for new washing machines by 2025

Question for written answer E-001371/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Frédérique Ries (Renew)

The EU has chosen to take on microplastic pollution as part of the European Strategy for Plastics. This policy is absolutely vital, as these miniscule non-biodegradable synthetic polymers are dangerous to the environment, accumulating in the soil and water before finally ending up in the food chain. One striking example is the extensive use of plastic microfibres in the textile industry, which is estimated to account for between 15% and 31% of the 9.5 million tonnes of plastics entering our oceans each year. France has just adopted a law to curb this pollution, proposing that by 2025 every new washing machine must have a filter to catch plastic microfibres that come away from clothing during washing.

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