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NEW Science says Cora Balls REDUCE shedding, protecting clothes and the ocean!

This is great news for Cora Ball users!

As lovers of data, we are always excited to share the results of the latest Cora Ball testing. Lead-author Dr. Imogen Napper and the International Marine Litter Research Unit in the School of Biological and Marine Sciences at University of Plymouth tested the efficacy of consumer solutions to microfiber pollution, including Cora Ball. The results of the research were published in the peer-reviewed journal, Science of the Total Environment, July 2020. 

Read on for the highlights!

  • The Cora Ball both catches fibers in washing machine water and reduces the amount of fibers released from fabric in the wash - which can increase the life of your garments and home textiles!

  • The Cora Ball is effective at reducing 31% of the microfibers that would otherwise flow out of the washing machine from an entire load of wash [This is an increase over the existing peer-reviewed study rate of 26% (McIllwraith, 2019)].

  • Reducing microfiber release from clothing itself means that by using a Cora Ball, you are protecting your clothing and protecting our ocean, lakes and rivers - at the same time!

  • Even if a Cora Ball is not showing fiber in the stalks, it is still working to protect the ocean and increase the life of your clothes by reducing shedding!

    Minimize pollution and maximize impact:

    This and other papers conclude that there are many strategies we can take advantage of to minimize the amount of microfibers shed in our washing machines. Some are simple habit changes, such as washing less often, washing with ¾ to full loads, using cold water and low spin cycle speeds where possible and using standard wash settings rather than the “delicate” cycle, which uses more water. Adding a Cora Ball into your laundry routine can further reduce the amount of microfiber pollution by an average of 31%, a dramatic reduction. Combining a Cora Ball with an after-market external filter would both reduce the amount of microfiber shed by your clothes and textiles and stop the greatest amount of microfiber from entering our public waterways. “Therefore, an effective strategy [to prevent microfiber pollution] would be using a combination of less aggressive washing cycles and adding washing machine filters/in-drum devices” (Napper et. al. 2020).

    For more information about the results of this study, please get in touch. We are excited about these excellent results and about helping everyone who wears and washes clothes be part of the solution to microfiber pollution!

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    • How do you clean the Coraball? As how do you safely dispose of the fuzz?

      Mary Randall
    • “I want to be part of the solution to microfiber pollution!” I did not know that I could make this difference in the laundry and i will spread the word!!! I do question however that " using standard wash settings rather than the “delicate” cycle, which uses more water." is a better strategy. Isn’t more water actually helpful to the “microfibre cause” since increasing the water input reduces the friction within the load, which is the actual purpose of the Delicates wash? Water Savings is a separate issue that can be directed to “capture” strategy and “grey water” usage!

    • I may have missed it in your presentaton, but do you have any scientific stats on how this will affect the drainage of cesspools and leaching feilds. I believe that the leading cause of the deminishing draining ability of both types of wastwater systems is the layer of fine lint/micro fibers (that will not break down by the bacteria in the waste water) forming over the draining surfaces of the systems. I would think that this would be a big selling point to whomever has to foot the bill in maintaining the systems.

      Also, getting rid of almost 1/3 of the microfibers is good. But what is keeping the other 2/3 from being snagged up? So my question here is, will throwing all 3 of the balls (in the order) pick up most of the other 2/3 of the microfibers, or is it a matter of the size of the fibers being too micro to be snagged up?

      John Baiata
    • Very interesting to read you
      Good luck to you


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