Quantification of microfibres released during washing of synthetic clothes in real conditions and at lab scale

  • Francesca De FalcoEmail author
  • Gennaro Gentile
  • Emilia Di Pace
  • Maurizio Avella
  • Mariacristina Cocca
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In this work, a systematic study aimed at comparing the amount of microfibres released from synthetic fabrics during washing tests performed by using a household washing machine and a lab scale Gyrowash system, a laboratory simulator of a real washing machine, is reported. The obtained results allow to conclude that the washing tests performed at lab scale are an effective analytical procedure to perform a low-time/low-cost estimation of the microfibre release from synthetic fabrics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesca De Falco
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Gennaro Gentile
    • 1
  • Emilia Di Pace
    • 1
  • Maurizio Avella
    • 1
  • Mariacristina Cocca
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Polymers, Composites and BiomaterialsNational Research Council of ItalyPozzuoliItaly
  2. 2.University of Naples Federico IIDepartment of Chemical, Materials and Production EngineeringNaplesItaly

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