Cora Ball: The Laundry Microfibre Catcher!
The Cora Ball is a human scale solution to microfibre pollution! This fantastic invention was inspired by ocean coral, and successfully catches a third of microfibers per laundry load. The Cora Ball is made from 100% recycled and recyclable soft and stretchy plastic, and is designed to last for many years.
Experiments suggest that a large proportion of harmful microplastic fibers found in the marine environment are a result of washing clothes. As the human population grows and people use more synthetic textiles, contamination of habitats and animals by microplastic is likely to increase.
Here is everything you need to know about using your Cora Ball.
Toss, or put, your CORA BALL in your washing machine.
It is that simple. The Cora Ball is safe to use in any washing machine, front loader, top loaders (with or without a center spindle), a hybrid, or whatever you have that washes your clothes.
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The Cora Ball works best with your everyday clothes. Please separate your delicates, knits, fine fabrics, anything with tassels, fraying threads or spaghetti straps. There is a chance that these clothes, fabrics, threads or straps work their way into the stalks and wrap, pull or worse. Just keep your Cora Ball on the shelf when you wash these fabrics and delicate garments.
If something, like a thin strap, does wrap in your stalks, carefully unwrap. Unless it was made of lace or extremely delicate fabric or had fraying threads, it will be fine.
Clean your CORA BALL.
Cleaning is easy and similar to cleaning a hairbrush. When you see fuzz/lint balls that are big enough to grab, simply pull them out and throw them in the trash bin (we are working on finding a way to upcycle or recycle them, until then just do the same thing with this lint that you do with your dryer lint).
Frequency: it will take some time, weeks even, for you to see the fuzz/lint (see below for what to expect). We recommend having a look every bunch of washes and when you see a big fuzz/lint ball, take it out. Don't worry about cleaning the whole Cora Ball. Those little tangles of hair and fiber will attract more hair and fiber and grow big enough for you to grab easily.
When you do clean your Cora Ball, the only option at the moment is to put the fibers in the trash, along with your dryer lint. It’s the same stuff. At this point, we cannot recycle laundry lint (from the washer or the dryer). We all look forward to the day when we can upcycle all of this material into new clothes or something durable and long lasting. Until that happens, the trash is better than straight to our public waterways.
Know your fuzz/lint quotient and how much you are likely to collect.
There are a multitude of factors that determine both how many microfibers your clothes produce and how much of that fuzz/lint your Cora Ball is likely to collect. They range from the type of washing machine and soap you use, to the settings, water temperature and even the hard or softness of your water.
Here's an infographic from Cora Ball to give you an idea of what to expect: