Washing machines designed to prevent millions of microplastic fibres shed by clothing from polluting oceans and waterways are gearing up to hit the market next year, thanks to a new technology that global white goods giant Arçelik claims is a world-first.

The Turkish home appliances giant, which owns major household brands such as Beko and Grundig, has developed a microfibre filtration system for integration into a new line of its washing machines. It claims the innovation can capture more than 90 per cent of microplastic fibres shed during a wash cycle.

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