Microplastic pollution is a serious threat to the health of our oceans. There are  estimated to be 1.4 million trillion plastic fibres from synthetic clothing such as polyester and acrylic blends floating around in the marine environment. These tiny microplastic filaments referred to as microfibres are breaking free from our garments during washing. A single 6kg load of washing is estimated to flush 700,000 microfibres down the drain where they eventually find their way into the ocean, marine life and us. The Eddy prevents this with a filter to capture fibres from washing machine greywater, preventing them from polluting the environment.
The Eddy is a retrofittable washing machine filter designed to curb the amount of microplastic pollution released into the marine environment. It is more reliable, completely retrofittable, easier to clean, and more aesthetically considered than current offerings in the market. 
To capture microfibres, the Eddy features a stainless-steel micro-mesh filter. Contaminated water passes out of the washing machine and through the Eddy. Here these microfibres are separated from the water by this filter and the uncontaminated water passes on down the drain.
Over time the captured microfibres will begin to build up on the surface of the mesh, and so washing machine filters like the Eddy need regular maintenance to clean it.  Where most filters require the filter to be removed from the device, the Eddy features an innovative cleaning system that allows fibres to be removed using a regular home vacuum cleaner.
The Eddy was the culmination of a year's work.
Some of my thinking, sketches and process can be seen below.
Finding a way to tackle microfibre pollution required much brainstorming
First concepts using vacuum power for cleaning
Card models were very helpful in figuring out good proportions for the product
Over time, the cleaning mechanism was developed to rotate using the force of airflow running over fan blades
Visualising potential routes for airflow
3D printed prototypes were crucial in developing the cleaning mechanism
Final concept 3D print
Creating a stand for exhibiting
Internal view of the fan blades that imparts the spin on the cleaning mechanism.
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