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New machines can filter miniscule smog particles from the air; an attachment catches lead in tap water.

Now a Bristol-based startup is aiming to remove microplastics from washing machines before the artificial fibres wind up in the ocean.

All that’s required is an easy-to-use attachment which can be placed on top of the washing machine, connected to the waste water outlet and plugged into the mains.

Inside the attachment is a self-cleaning filter that doesn’t need replacing. After around 20 wash cycles, an LED light indicates that fibres must be removed.

These can be returned to the company for recycling. Drum roll: the lint catcher is currently available for pre-order.

An ideal complement for these portable washing machines.

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