The Microfibre Consortium
*Founded by the Outdoor Industry, executing within Outdoor, Sport, Fashion and Home
The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) facilitates the development of practical solutions for the textile industry to minimise microfibre release to the environment from textile manufacturing and product life cycle. The organisation presents the opportunity to align as an industry internally with its members, and externally through its affiliate partnerships, thus expediting understanding and reducing the possibility of repetition of research. This collaborative approach allows more extensive understanding, and progress to levels of understanding that would be unattainable in a stand-alone organisation.
With a vision that states ‘A future with managed microfibre loss from textiles, to the environment’, the work of TMC looks to connect and translate deep academic research, with the reality of commercial supply chain production to offer solutions to its brand, retail and supplier members and ultimately for the greater good of our ecosystems.
As an industry, we have for some time been aware of the fact that in the field of marine/ocean research, microfibres are being increasingly identified as a major source of ocean pollution. As well as being damaging to wildlife, there are concerns that they are entering the food chain through the ingestion by aquatic life, such as plankton, and are potential carriers for other harmful chemicals.
Although exact figures to the extent of the impact from the clothing industry have not yet been quantified, both media and NGO organisations are quick to hold the industry responsible. In answer to this, in order to mitigate industry risk, it is the obligation of those associated to textiles to take action.
The Microfibre Consortium [Company #11647708] is legally registered in the UK (2018) as a Company Ltd (The Outdoor Microfibre Consortium Ltd) by Guarantee, operating as a non-profit. It works as a brand focused, collaborative approach to address, and align on the emerging need for a better understanding of microfibre pollution.