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WHY: Greywater is a source of pollutants into water bodies.

HOW: Laundry textile waste (lint) is a resource that will contribute to generating jobs and ocean restoration while producing valuable products and multiple revenue streams.

WHAT: PTSECLS, a new venture that works jointly with governments, brand and industry programs to design and implement a closed-loop, lint recovery and re-utilization system.

The Problem

When we wash our clothing, most lint ends up in the sewage through the water discharge. Scientists have confirmed that household washing machines are a significant source of recently termed “plastic smog,” microplastic pollution detected on ocean shorelines worldwide. On average, hundreds of thousands of microplastic fibres -such as bits of polyester and acrylic smaller than the head of a pin- can be discarded by one single synthetic item during one wash.

Natural and synthetic microfibres from scrubbers and scrubbing dishcloths in cleaning brands such as  3M’s Scotchbrite reach waterways and waterbodies from kitchen and bathroom sinks, toilet bowls and shower drains bypassing filters in washing machines.

Marine life ingests these microplastics and microtextiles and perish.

Fish that ingest plastic microfibres may end up on our plates.

Additionally, after we throw the lint captured by our dryer in the garbage, they are sometimes incinerated. Other dryer machine lint ends up in landfills from where it can get airborne and pollute the air, land and reach waterways.

PTSECLS, an Effective Tool in the Solution Box

The Plastic & Textile Smog Emissions Closed Loop System -PTSECLS- is an integrated system that can capture and utilize the micro textile and microplastic resources recovered from land-based Waste Water Treatment Plants and systems onboard of ships.


PROVIDES a clear, integrative and regenerative Plastic and Textile Smog Emissions Closed Loop System.

PREVENTS “plastic and textile smog” from polluting Our Ocean and contaminating the Seafood web.

RECOVERS wastewater and microfibre resources for reuse, turning Plastic and Textile Smog into money.

2018 PTSECLS receives a Water Innovation Award from WaterTAP Ontario

2017 UpGyres becomes a Founding Member of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions


2017 Presenter at the Think Beyond Plastic New Plastics Economy Investor Forum & Innovation Showcase. New York City
2016 Honorable Mention in Think Beyond Plastics competition in the category Most Innovative, Emerging Business

2016 Our Ocean Conference: Presenter – Microplastic Waste-to-Resource

2016 World Ethical Apparel Roundtable: Presenter & Panelist – MATERIALS FUTURE, INNOVATION IN TEXTILES

Plastic and Textile Smog-into-Resources

UpGyres Closed Loop System Suppliers
UpGyres Closed Loop System Team


Plastic and Textile Smog Emissions Closed Loop System Technology and Service Providers

David Bromley Engineering Ltd., a company with 40 years of expertise in industrial site reclamation and sustainable community development. DBE is also a well-regarded company for its expertise in water recovery and reuse technology.

PMO polymer business intelligence, top consulting service to enable the sustainable innovation process development through a dynamic creative quantification approach.

Dunder Koch Arquitecture is a specialist in high-performance materials. Focused on innovation and sustainability. A designer of bricks or slates potentially made from lint and wood composite.

Opcycle uses innovative recycling platforms to foster community and economic development in areas with limited access to markets and materials. Opcycle focuses on creating custom-made solutions with low technical requirements that can be community-run and that adapted for each case.


Plastic and Textile Smog Emissions Closed Loop System Team

David Bromley, Engineer with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering specializing in water and waste-water treatment, inventor of Nanoflotation filtration. Responsible for the deployment and operations of the Nanoflotation filtration system.

Liliana Rubio, Chemical Engineer, Innovation Management coach, Specialist in polymer and sustainable materials; founder of PMO Polymer Business Intelligence, a Project Management Office located in São Paulo-Brazil, dedicated to project management consulting, mentoring,  covering project planning, implementation and execution through a front-to-end dynamic approach.

Karina Dunder Koch, Owner of Dunder Koch Architecture. Architect & Urbanism master in Sustainability Design. Over 15 years of experience in domestic and corporate projects as restaurants, schools, hospitals. Author of a new methodology for green building projects, author of articles on the magazine Arquitetura & Construção, author of the project for an Interior Architecture and active participant in 3ª Edition of São Paulo Design Weekend, the leading trade show in Latin America.

Colin Jacob, Recycling and Waste Management Specialist researching post-consumer plastic waste. Colin is helping material recovery facilities gather relevant data on plastic streams and develop tools to assess their overall quality. He is the founder of Opcycle and particularly interested in marine pollution by end-of-life plastic, as well as waste management challenges faced by isolated and insular communities.

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