WHY: Our washer and dryer lint is a source of pollutants into water bodies.

HOW: Laundry textile waste (lint) is a resource that will contribute to generating jobs and ocean cleanup while producing valuable products and multiple revenue streams.

WHAT: PSECLS, a new venture that works jointly with governments, brand and industry programs to design and implement a closed-loop, lint recovery and re-utilization system.

The Problem

When we wash our clothing, most lint ends up in the sewage through the water discharge. Scientists report that household washing machines seem to be a major source of recently termed “plastic smog,” microplastic pollution detected on ocean shorelines worldwide. On average, hundreds of thousands of microplastic fibres -such as bits of polyester and acrylic smaller than the head of a pin- can be discarded by one single synthetic item during one wash.

Marine life ingests these microplastics and perish.

Fish ingest these microplastics and end up on our plates.

Additionally, after you throw out the lint captured by your dryer, the waste is sometimes incinerated along with other garbage you’ve thrown out. Other dryer machine waste ends up in the landfill from where it can get airborne and pollute the air, land and fall into waterways. Organic components such as cotton and wool will release greenhouse gases as they biodegrade.





The Solution


Plastic Smog Emissions Closed Loop System Technology and Service Providers

David Bromley Engineering Ltd., a company with 36 years of expertise in industrial site reclamation and sustainable community development. DBE is also a well-regarded company for its expertise in water recovery and reuse technology.

PMO polymer business intelligence, top consulting service to enable the sustainable innovation process development through a dynamic creative quantification approach.

Ecological Architecture, a specialist in high-performance materials. Focused on innovation and sustainability. A designer of bricks or slates potentially made from lint and wood composite.

Opcycle, uses innovative recycling platforms to foster community and economic development in areas with limited access to markets and materials. Opcycle focuses on creating custom-made solutions with low technical requirements that can be community run and that are adapted for each case.

Plastic Smog Emissions Closed Loop System Team

David Bromley, Engineer with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering specializing in water and waste-water treatment, inventor of Nanoflotation filtration. Responsible for the deployment and operations of the Nanoflotation filtration system.

Liliana Rubio, Chemical Engineer, Innovation Management coach, Specialist in polymer and sustainable materials; founder of PMO Polymer Business Intelligence, a Project Management Office located in São Paulo-Brazil, dedicated to project management consulting, mentoring,  covering project planning, implementation and execution through a front-to-end dynamic approach.

Karina Dunder Koch, Owner of Ecological Architecture. Architect & Urbanism master in Sustainability Design. Over 15 years of experience in domestic and corporate projects as restaurants, schools, hospital. Author of a new methodology for green building projects, author of articles on the magazine Arquitetura & Construção, author of the project for an Interior Architecture and active participant in 3ª Edition of São Paulo Design Weekend, the main trade show in Latin America.

Colin Jacob, Recycling and Waste Management Specialist doing research on post-consumer plastic waste. Colin is helping material recovery facilities gather relevant data on plastic streams and develop tools to assess their overall quality. He is the founder of Opcycle and particularly interested in marine pollution by plastic debris, as well as waste management challenges faced by isolated and insular communities.

2016 Honorable Mention in Think Beyond Plastics competition in the category Most Innovative, Emerging Business


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