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Published on September 27th, 2021 | by The GC Team

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Grundig’s FiberCatcher® washing machine helps tackle plastic pollution

Beko plc is highlighting its new Grundig FiberCatcher® washing machine – “the world’s first washing machine with an integrated synthetic microfibre filter that catches up to 90% of synthetic fibres released during synthetic wash cycles” – as a means of helping to reduce microplastics that enter the world’s oceans via the water discharged by appliances into wastewater systems.

The move follows Beko’s part in the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) discussions on Microplastics, which resulted in its first report on the subject being released last week (Tuesday 21st September).

The group comprised 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. 

Beko said the Grundig FiberCatcher® washing machine was highlighted “as a great example of a product innovating in this space”.

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

Teresa Arbuckle, Managing Director of Beko, said: “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 – the Grundig FiberCatcher® washing machine.”

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