Cora Ball is a way to help reduce the number of microfibers we shed when washing our clothes. Developed by Rachel Miller, a marine biologist that saw the damage that microfibers were causing to the sea living creatures, Cora Ball follows the same system as coral reefs. They filter the water without stopping the flow.
Adding one Cora Ball to your load will remove around 26% of the microfibers shed. That might seem not too much but it is the 1 quarter of everything that otherwise will go down the drain. There are not too many options to resolve the microfiber issue. You can install a special filter called Lint LUV-R, Use a Cora Ball or a Guppy Friend washing bag. Let’s see the pros ad cons of each. Lint LUV-R is a washing machine filter coming from Canada and it requires installation. As the filter can get clogged, it needs frequent cleaning, and if not done, it might block the flow and mess with your washing machine.
The Guppy friend and Cora Ball do not require installation, so they are easier to implement. Guppy bag is a washing bag where you can wash your synthetic clothes, the fleece or the ones that you think will shed more microfibers. The rest of the clothes part of the load will follow the same process that if not having a Guppy bag at all. Cora Ball will catch the microfibers of the whole load. It is done in recycled plastic and can be recycled afterward. It has a life span of 5 years. This means that for around 3 AED/a month-around 80 cents/month – you are helping keep the oceans clean.
HOW TO USE THE CORA BALL?
You need to take into account certain recommendations before you use the Cora Ball.
- Toss, or put, your Cora Ball in your washing machine.
The Cora Ball is safe to use in any washing machine. No matter if it is a front loader, top loaders, having a center spindle or not… It works in all the washing machines.
- Be careful with the straps, lace, and items that fray.
The Cora Ball works best with your everyday clothes. Please separate your delicates, knits, fine fabrics, anything with tassels, fraying threads or spaghetti straps. There is a chance that these clothes, fabrics, threads or straps work their way into the stalks and wrap, pull or worse. Just keep your Cora Ball on the shelf when you wash these fabrics and delicate garments.
If something, like a thin strap, does wrap in your stalks, carefully unwrap. Unless it was made of lace or extremely delicate fabric or had fraying threads, it will be fine.
- Clean your Cora Ball.
Cleaning is easy and similar to cleaning a hairbrush. When you see fuzz big enough to grab, simply pull them out and throw them in the bin. Cora Ball is working on finding a way to upcycle or recycle them. Until then just do the same thing with this lint that you do with your dryer lint.
Cleaning the ball
Frequency: It will take some time, weeks even, for you to see the fuzz. We recommend having a look every bunch of washes and when you see a big lint ball, take it out. Don’t worry about cleaning the whole Cora Ball. Those little tangles of hair and fiber will attract more hair and fibers and grow big enough for you to grab easily.
There is a multitude of factors that determine both how many microfibers your clothes produce and how much of that fuzz your ball is likely to collect. They range from the type of washing machine and soap you use, to the settings, water temperature and even the hard or softness of your water.