The Microfiber Filter

$45


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The Microfiber Filter

$45

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Did you know all synthetic fabrics shed tiny pieces of plastic called microfibers in the wash? (It’s true. Even your favorite cozy fleece, swimwear, underwear, and, yep, Girlfriend leggings.) This filter attaches to your home washing machine to capture these fibers before they can enter water streams, keeping microfibers out of the oceans and away from the creatures that inhabit them. Let’s clean this place up.

Installation parts sold separately. Please note filters will ship separately of clothing and may take up to 14 days.

This filter is made from polypropylene, a heavy duty plastic that is ideal for holding hot liquid (but you know washing your clothes in cold water is better for everyone, right?), and includes a 200 mesh steel filter that can capture particles as small as 72 microns.

To put that into perspective, the leading washing bag and filter systems feature a 160-180 mesh made of plastic and claim a capture rate of between 90 and 99%. We are currently in the process of getting our own percentage certified by a third party and will update that information here when it’s ready.

Filters exist — but they’re expensive. We wanted ours to be affordable and accessible, something everyone could use with their home machines and install on their own. The way we see it: the more people who use washing machine filters, the more we can work together to keep water pollution at bay.  

The Microfiber Filter should be cleaned every 3 loads or so. Tilt the filter back to drain any excess water and dispose of the fibers in the trash. Microfibers should be thrown away inside a bag (to avoid polluting the air as well). We do not know of a way to recycle microfibers at this time, but we are hopeful for the future!

The Filter works best when washing only synthetic garments, as organic fabrics often shed even more fibers (we are less worried about these as they are biodegradable), so we recommend removing the mesh filter basket when washing organics to cut down on cleaning time.

 

Fit & Sizing
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The Microfiber Filter measures 10.25” wide, 11” long, and 6.5” high.

Our filter attaches to your machine’s discharge hose to capture microfibers and keep them out of the oceans. Click here to download everything you’ll need to set it up, including additional parts and cute illustrations of what to do with them.

For full details, terms and conditions, click here.

Shipping & Returns
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Slow fashion takes time. In order to limit the distance our clothes travel and avoid extra CO2, we consolidate everything in a fulfillment center, then ship orders out to the various countries where our clothes are sold. Check out the below estimates for shipping times, and note that your order will ship within 1-4 business days of order placement date. We are not able to offer expedited shipping at this time.

  • Continental US: 7-10 business days
  • Non-Continental US / Military Bases: 7-10 business days + 2 weeks
  • Canada: 7-14 business days*
  • UK & Australia: 8-12 business days

*Please note, we are currently unable to accept orders shipping to Canada at this time. All other orders may experience shipping delays between 2-5 business days.  Thank you for all of your patience and support during these unprecedented times. 

For more on international duties, click here

RETURNS

Within the US: We gladly accept unworn, unwashed items with the tags still attached within 30 days of ship date. 

International: We are happy to accept returns postmarked within 30 days of receipt, but we are unable to offer exchanges for our international customers at this time. Sorry. :(

Wash Responsibly

Synthetic materials make up 60% of all clothing worldwide. With each synthetic piece releasing microfibers every time it’s washed, that adds up to a lot of microplastic pollution. With this filter, we can capture these tiny fibers before they enter the water stream, and make microfiber pollution a thing of the past.

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Sizing Chart

  • Bras
  • Leggings
  • Shorts
  • Tops + Jackets
  • Bodysuits

 

Bras

Bust AA A B C D DD DDD
30 -- XS XS XS S S S
32 XS XS XS S XS/S S/M S/M
34 S S S
S/M
M M/L M/L
36 M M M M L XL L/XL
38 L L L L
L/XL
XL XL/XXL
40 L L L/XL XL XL XL XXL/3XL
42 XL XL XL/XXL XXL XXL XXL 3XL/4XL
44 XXL XXL
XXL/3XL
3XL
3XL
3XL
4XL/5XL
46
3XL
3XL
3XL
4XL
4XL
4XL
5XL/6XL
48 5XL 5XL 5XL 5XL 5XL 5XL 6XL
50 6XL 6XL 6XL 6XL 6XL 6XL 6XL

 

Leggings

Size Waist Hip
XXS 22" - 23" 28" - 30"
XS 23" - 25" 31" - 33"
S 26" - 28" 34" - 36"
M 29" - 31" 37" - 39"
L 32" - 34" 40" - 42"
XL 35" - 37" 43" - 45"
XXL 38" - 40" 46" - 48"
XXXL 41" - 44" 49" - 52"
4XL
45" - 49"
53" - 57"
5XL
50" - 54"
58" - 62"
6XL
54" - 58"
63" - 67"

 

Bike Short

Size Waist Hip Inseam
XXS 22" - 23" 28" - 30" 8.5"
XS 23" - 25" 31" - 33" 8.5"
S 26" - 28" 34" - 36" 8.5"
M 29" - 31" 37" - 39" 8.5"
L 32" - 34" 40" - 42" 8.5"
XL 35" - 37" 43" - 45" 8.5"
XXL 38" - 40" 46" - 48" 8.5"
XXXL 41" - 44" 49" - 52" 8.5"
4XL
45" - 49"
53" - 57"
8.5"
5XL
50" - 54"
58" - 62"
8.5"
6XL
54" - 58"
63" - 67"
8.5"

 

Run Short

Size

Waist Hip Inseam
XXS 22" - 23" 28" - 30" 4.75"
XS 23" - 25" 31" - 33"
4.75"
S 26" - 28" 34" - 36"
4.75"
M 29" - 31" 37" - 39"
4.75"
L 32" - 34" 40" - 42"
4.75"
XL 35" - 37" 43" - 45"
4.75"
XXL 38" - 40" 46" - 48"
4.75"
XXXL 41" - 43" 49" - 51"
4.75"
4XL
45" - 49"
53" - 57"
4.75"
5XL
50" - 54"
58" - 62"
4.75"
6XL
54" - 58"
63" - 67"
4.75"

 

Tops + Jackets

Size Bust Natural Waist Hip
XXS 31 22 35
XS 33 24 37
S 35 26 39
M 37 28 41
L 39 30 43
XL 42 33 46
XXL 44 35 48
XXXL 46 37 50
4XL 48 39 52
5XL 50 41 54
6XL 52 43 56

 

Bodysuits

Size Bust Natural Waist Hip
XXS 31 22 35
XS 33 24 37
S 35 26 39
M 37 28 41
L 39 30 43
XL 42 33 46
XXL 44 35 48
XXXL 46 37 50

 

We recommend using a tape measure to find your perfect fit. If you're in between sizes, we suggest sizing down for a more compressive fit, or sizing up for a more relaxed fit. If you're still unsure about your size, drop us a line at hello@girlfriend.com and we'd be happy to help.