Grundig launches new FiberCatcher washing machine to help tackle plastic pollution

Grundig has introduced a new appliance to help tackle microplastic pollution, where little pieces of plastic shedding from clothing during the wash cycle enter our water sources.

The Grundig FiberCatcher washing (pictured) is one of the world’s first washing machine with an integrated synthetic microfibre filter that catches up to 90 per cent of synthetic fibres released only during synthetic wash cycles, helping to protect our waterways and oceans.

The machine has three programmes that catch synthetic microfibres in a special integrated filter, which when full, is returned to Grundig, to then be sent to a specialist company to be recycled.

Beko plc, parent company of Grundig, was part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) that met at a Houses of Parliament event hosted by Alberto Costa MP, Chair of the APPG, following the publication last week of a policy paper looking at the issues surrounding microplastics and their harmful effect on the environment.

The group was made up of MPs, manufacturers, charities and NGOs – and called on government to take several steps to reduce microplastics, including mandating appliance manufacturers to incorporate microfibre filters in washing machines.

Teresa Arbuckle, Managing Director of Beko plc, commented: “It was an honour to attend the Houses of Parliament and be part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group that is working towards creating a more sustainable future.

“Our parent company, Arçelik, is committed to investing in sustainable technology, from using recycled fishing nets and recycled plastic bottles in our appliances, to launching our most innovative product to date to help with microplastic pollution.”