From 5 Gyres <[email protected]>
Subject Navigating Microfiber Pollution & Solutions ⛵
Date June 14, 2023 5:22 PM
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Microfibers = Macro Problem

Microfibers are released from our clothes every day, contaminating our air, water, agricultural lands, and ocean. 5 Gyres is co-sponsoring AB 1628 ([link removed]) (McKinnor), which would require all new washing machines in California to have a microfiber-catching filter. This is the most effective, near-term solution to address the quadrillions of fibers released into the environment each year from California washing machines.

AB 1628 recently passed through the state Assembly and is now heading to the Senate! We know that passing a bill in California often leads to change nationwide, so this bill has the potential to have a huge ripple effect.
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Calling all textile experts, sustainable companies, and microfiber researchers: 5 Gyres and Materevolve ([link removed]) are hosting a mini California expedition ([link removed]) , focused on microfibers, in September. The 2-day adventure will consist of onboard science, networking, and deep conversations around microfiber pollution and solutions. Email us (mailto:[email protected]?subject=California%20Microfibers%20Expedition) if this sounds like a fit for you!

In need of deadstock and blanks:
We’re searching for the best way to create 5 Gyres merchandise (like everyone's favorite "More Ocean, Less Plastic" tees ([link removed]) !) without adding more new material into the world. If you know of any sustainable companies that have deadstock or excess blanks, please reach out (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Deadstock%2FBlanks%20for%20Tees) !

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Support Truth in Marketing

This is the final week to donate to our "Truth in Marketing" campaign, funding related science and getting access to exclusive updates, sneak peeks, and videos as the research progresses. Donate here! ([link removed])

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JUNK on Display

"JUNKraft: Global Crisis of Plastic Pollution” ([link removed]) is now open at the Putnam Museum in Iowa. This exhibit, by 5 Gyres’ Marcus Eriksen, features the original JUNK raft that marked the start of 5 Gyres, as well as historical artifacts, sculptures, and other upcycled art.
More 5 Gyres Updates
* Volunteers have logged over 800 items for this year's Plastic-Free Parks ([link removed]) campaign, with bottles, cans, and food wrappers making up the top items so far. Join the national effort and sign up to volunteer today ([link removed]) !

* Our Gyrenauts ([link removed]) project supports 17 organizations, each representing a different UN Sustainable Development Goal. Become a Gyrenaut and change the world - available via prepay now ([link removed]) !

* 5 Gyres is now on TikTok! Follow us ([link removed]) for fun videos and sustainability tips.

Partner Bulletin
* We're excited to announce our new Cause Partnership with Epson! ([link removed]) E-waste is one sector of plastic pollution, but Epson is leading by example with refillable ink tanks that reduce the amount of cartridge waste ending up in landfills.

* Bee's Wrap (one of our team's favorite plastic-free swaps) also joins 5 Gyres' as a Cause Partner! Learn about their mission to reduce plastic in homes, landfills, and oceans. ([link removed])

* Get ready for a plastic-free summer with Everything but Water! Three new styles ([link removed]) promote sustainability while also giving back to 5 Gyres.

* CRONY X partnered with Bureo to use NetPlus hat brims, created from recovered fishing nets. But that’s not all! They also use fabric and thread made from recycled PET bottles and 100% recycled zinc alloy is used for the adjustable buckles. Learn more about the brand here. ([link removed])

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