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Synthetic clothes wash bag
I have used the Guppyfriend bag 5 times and I have not seen any collection of microfibers in the corners. Most reviews say the fibers will collect over time and then you will be able to see them. The bag is pretty big and I always seem to fill it (only fill half way) every time I do laundry. I can fit a pullover and a couple pairs of pants. This ju... Read Morest reminds me of how much synthetic clothes me family owns. We need to cut back on plastics use and consumption. I like that Patagonia (and many other companies) are starting to use recycled polyester, etc. The problem is every time you wash these products, it puts more microfibers into the water. I would like to see Patagonia use fewer synthetic materials (new or recycled) in their products. Often times I will pass over a Patagonia product because it is NOT 100% cotton/wool/etc. Patagonia has quality products, but buying more synthetics is not helping reduce micro plastics in the ecosystem.
We appreciate you doing your part to consume thoughtfully and for using the washing bag. Thank you for taking the time to review it as well! Note that all fabrics produce and shed fibers, but it's the [plastics](https://www.patagonia.com/why-plastics/) we hope to contain as much as possible. Please reach out to our Customer Service team if you have any questions or concerns. We'll be happy to help!
I bought 2 of these so I wouldn't overcrowd them. They work great! I buy a lot of workout clothes made with recycled plastic, so these bags really work in catching the microplastics. They gather at the corners, by the zipper. We should all do our part and this product seems like the least we can do!
Reducing waste from laundry
I purchased three guppyfriend washing bags for my garments made from recycled materials or polyester or nylon. I think the bag works great, but I have not seen microfibre accumulation in the bag. I have washed 10 loads so far and have an energy efficient front load LG washing machine. Are microfibres not shearing from the materials as much because ... Read Moreof the type of washing machine I have? I was curious why I am not seeing many microfibres accumulate. Thanks so much for all you do for our community and our environment!
Madison, I highly recommend this bag
I purchased this bag with the intention of using it to wash my recycled cashmere sweater. Ive used it once, worked as advertised. Found the residual wool fibers in the bag. I mostly wanted this to keep the sweater safe from my other garments in the wash. ( For Madisons eyes only. It was a pleasure speaking with you on the phone, and Im optimistic ... Read Moreabout meeting you one day. Thank you for helping me.)
THE ZIPPER BREAKS EASILY
I bought a Guppyfriend Washing Washing Bag in February of 2020. It seemed to collect a decent amount of fibers, but its zipper broke this December, and now it's useless. The small plastic teeth of the zipper seem fragile. Also I haven't been able to find any info on line about repairing the bag, nor about recycling it.
Hi Kenneth, we're very sorry to hear that the zipper broke on your GUPPYFRIEND Washing Bag. We'd be happy to help out with a repair or return for exchange and you can begin either process here, https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html.
Does what it says it does
Great at collecting the microfibers and keeping them from heading into the ocean. After about 5 months of use the metal zip broke and is now really sharp and will rip any clothing that touches it while in the machine. Sadly the bag is now waste unless we can find someone to repair the zip. This really surprised me and is a bit of a bummer really.
We appreciate that you purchased this bag and are sorry to hear the zipper broke. Please feel free to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) that back to us and we are happy to get you a new one.
I appreciate the effort by Patagonia to undo the effects of using and washing these fibers. Pretty dismayed by the cost of the bag.
Hi Kimberly! Thank you for your feedback. This item is actually made by one of our grantees, [STOP! MICRO WASTE](http://stopmicrowaste.com/), and we do not make any profit on the sales. We appreciate your support and efforts to reduce microplastic pollution.
I feel better about doing something to alleviate the microfiber pollution issue since it's quite the challenge (and waste) to throw out clothes made of synthetic fibers that are still perfectly good. However, I don't really like that you need to remember to fill the GuppyFriend bag only up to halfway. It also seems a bit subjective and li... Read Moreke wasted capacity. It's too soon to see any microfiber build-up in the corners of the bag, but based on what I've read about the bag, that's normal.
Good and not so good
The Guppy Friend bag does a good job at collecting microfiber -- but it leaves the residue all over the garment, especially if it is large, like a fleece bathrobe. I also made the mistake of washing two fleece vests of different colors in it and found the darker one had stained the lighter one. Also, it is hard to scrape out the microfiber residue ... Read Morefrom the inside of the bag. A cheaper paper towel (fairly coarse textured) seems to work best, and can then be put in the trash -- but where's the sustainability in that??
Every household should own this
Such a simple yet effective method of promoting change to a very real issue in direct runoff from our coastlines. Municipal water treatment only does so much, and this is a simple way to stop microplastics at the source. Of course, you can make an effort to reduce the amount of fleece you buy, but if you choose to wear fleece, you should own this.
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