Individual clothes dryers could discharge up to 120 million microfibers a year into the environment — considerably more than from washing machines. Microfibers can come from natural fabrics, such as cotton, or synthetic ones, such as polyester — which are also considered to be microplastics.

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One important point is that lint may be generated in the wash, but only be released from the cloth once the moisture level in the cloth drops below a certain threshold. Source: was a dryer performance engineer for five years. Edit: also, upon looking at the article, they specifically mention airborne microfibers – nothing is mentioned about the microfibers that go down the drain with rinse water.


This is why I only do like one load of laundry per month, definitely not just me being super lazy and wearing the same pair of sweatpants 5 days in a row.


Even more reason to invest in a Ventless Heat Pump Dryer…


Dryers use a huge amount of energy and wear out clothes. Get a decent fold away drying rack to save money, extend clothing life and protect the environment.


If you take clothes that have just been dried in the dryer, wet them and dry them again there will be barely any fluff in the filter the second time. What breaks the fibers is the washing, not the dryer. The dryer only gets the broken fibers out. About the same amount of fibers will be released from the fabric over time regardless of your drying method.