Cora Ball saves the Ocean Environment?

Meet Cora Ball. A Microfiber Catching Laundry Ball made to protect the ocean environment. The easy-to-use laundry ball catches the microfibers – tiny threads shed from fabric – shedding off our clothes in the washer, and prevents microfibers vast in the ocean.

And why are the microfibers a bad thing?

Fibres in our clothes can be poisoning our oceans and affecting our food chain on a massive scale. Microfibers have been found in abundance on shorelines where waste water is released. And Adventdahlen outside Longyearbyen is no different.

Researchers have found out that new synthetic fleece jackets can release 1.7 grams of microfibers and older jackets shed almost twice as many. From the clothes, these microfibers then travel to your local wastewater and from there to the rivers, lakes and oceans. And from there the wildlife is being affected. The fibers’ small size allows them to be consumed by fish and other small wildlife. These plastic fibers has the potential to move up the food chain, concentrating toxins in the bodies of larger animals.

BASECAMP Explorer joins the action

A local study has demonstrated that millions of plastic fibres are released to Adventfjorden every year through the wastewater from Longyearbyen.  To limit these emissions, residents of Longyearbyen are now encouraged to join an experiment with the Cora Ball.

And this is an experiment Basecamp Explorer is happy to support! The Cora Balls are spinning in the washing machines at Basecamp Hotel from 18th of September throughout the autumn.

We are encouraged to use the ball in our laundry from September 18 and as long as possible throughout the autumn. Samples of wastewater are regularly taken to see if the Cora Ball can be a preventive element in caring for our local ocean environment.

Learn more about the project.


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