- Water saving technology company Xeros Technology Group said its patent application for microfibre filters suitable for domestic washing machines had been published by the World Intellectual Property Organization.

The device was trademarked XFiltra and its design could be licenced by any domestic washing machine manufacturer to 'drastically reduce' microfibre pollution from the washing of clothes, the company said.

'Solving the issue of microplastic particles entering the environment from the clothes will require action at many points of the supply chain including washing machines,' chief executive Mark Nichols said.

'We are now engaged in meaningful discussions with washing machine manufacturers, retailers and clothing brands regarding XFiltra - this represents a giant step towards reducing the largest source of primary microplastic pollution in the ocean.'

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