US-based startup CLEANR from Cleveland, Ohio, and GKD have partnered together to work on a technology that filters microplastics from washing machine wastewater. CLEANR aims to assist appliance manufacturers in meeting future regulations regarding one of the world’s most significant sources of microplastic pollution.
The novel and patent-pending filtration system is the first product of the young and dedicated US technology company. It can be used as an external filter or seamlessly integrated as a pre-installed solution in modern washing machine designs. The technology has been proven to retain over 90% of microplastic fibers larger than 50 micrometers, surpassing all other solutions currently available on the market.
CLEANR aims to develop solutions that make sustainability easy and effortless. In doing so, founders Max Pennington, Chip Miller, and David Dillman share the same goals as GKD: making a contribution to a healthier, cleaner, and safer world through entrepreneurial action.
“Our partnership with GKD ensures our customers the highest quality and precision in manufacturing,” says Max Pennington, CEO of CLEANR. Dr. Stephan Kufferath, Executive Board Member of the GKD Group, sees the filtration of microplastics from washing machine wastewater as “an important contribution to environmental protection. That’s why we are happy to support CLEANR and provide our innovative microplastic stainless steel mesh and our extensive network of global production and distribution centers.” In this way, GKD contributes to the first filtration solution that already exceeds the upcoming regulatory requirements for Europe.