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Cora Ball


Laundry day comes to us all. Whether you dread it or find the smell of clean clothes relaxing, laundry is a part of life. It may seem like nothing more than another box on your to-do list. But did you know that you can make a real difference for the environment with every load? It’s as simple as tossing in a Cora Ball. 

Cora Balls prevent microfibers from entering the water cycle. Microfibers break free from synthetic fabric during washing—and if they escape, marine creatures often ingest them and become sick. The Cora Ball’s design mimics the way coral reefs filter the ocean. When you add it to your laundry routine, the Cora Ball collects microfibers into fuzz you can see and dispose of properly.

  1. Add your CoraBall to your washer and let its unique design do the rest. It’s an easy step that has a big impact for our planet.
  2. Use CoraBall when you wash your everyday clothing. Please separate out delicates, knits, fine fabrics, or anything with tassels or thin straps. They may tangle in the CoraBall and become damaged.
  3. If any clothing does tangle in your CoraBall, gently unwrap it from the stalks. In most cases, the fabric will be fine.
  4. Clean your CoraBall like you clean a hairbrush—pull out lint and fuzz you can see and throw it in the trash. (We’re still working on a way to reuse it. Until then, treat it like you do your dryer lint.)

Arguably the single biggest problem facing our oceans today is microfiber pollution. Our clothing is shedding countless tiny microfibers with every wash and these microfibers are contaminating our oceans, being consumed and poisoning our sea-life, and ultimately ending up back in our food chain. 

The Cora Ball is an innovative and simple approach that does just this by collecting and preventing microfibers from joining our waterways. By adding a Cora Ball into your washing machine and making this small change, collectively we can produce a big result and protect our oceans and world for generations to come. 

More About Microfibers

Microfibers are in the same family of pollution as microplastics (particles of plastic that are smaller than 5mm in length). Much of our clothing is made with synthetic fibers. When we wash synthetic fabrics, these fibers break free and escape into wastewater streams. Filtration systems fail to catch most of these microfibers. Unfortunately, this allows microfiber pollution to ultimately end up in our water systems where it causes problems for wildlife. To learn more about microplastics and microfibers check out our blogs: What Is Microfiber Pollution? & What Are Microplastics?

To watch our podcast, Conversations on Sustainability, where we discuss microfiber pollution with the founder of Cora Ball, Rachael Miller, click here: Episode 2: Exploring the Impact of Microplastics & Microfiber Pollution with Rozalia Project

Q - How many Cora Balls do I need?

A - For most standard washing machines one Cora Ball will be enough. However, for families with extra-large washing machines, you can add up to three.

Q - Do I have to clean the Cora Ball after every wash?

A - No. We recommend cleaning it when the fibers and hairs tangled together on the Cora Ball are large enough to remove easily. 

Q - How do you clean the Cora Ball?

A - When the tangles are large enough to you can simply move the stalks to the side, pinch the tangle, and pull them out. 

Q - What is the Cora Ball made of? 

A - The Cora Ball is made of 100% recycled and 100% recyclable soft and stretchy plastic that will maintain its physical and chemical properties in the temperature extremes of both residential and commercial washers and dryers.

 

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