So I bought a Guppy Bag for my wife for a Christmas present (one of). When she opened it she wasn’t enamoured. I said it would be really good as it ensures microplastics aren’t shed from clothes into the washing water, which will eventually get into our rivers and oceans. She couldn’t see that she would use it as there’s too much to do already with both kids.
She quickly started looking at the packaging to see what it was made out of and couldn’t find anything on the outer of the packaging. I looked inside and saw that is was made out of 100% polyamide, and was made in China.
If it was made out of recycled material I thought this would be forgivable but as was another product that simply added to the vast quantity of plastic-based products, I thought this is pretty counter intuitive. You make a product out of virgin plastic (which I’ve found is recyclable) and sell it to reduce plastic out of the ocean. There is also a good chance that this polyamide may shed microplastics in its use.
You would probably have to use this for two lifetimes to make sure the overall plastic waste saved countered that in the manufacturing of this one.
I said I would send it back and buy her something new with the £25 they were charging! I’m pretty dissapointed with this. Luckily I’ve got my money back and this will go to another unsuspecting customer.
Open to anyone else who thinks I’m wrong and that on balance the choice of buying a product like this is good for the environment and would like to hear other people’s opinions. Or even if Guppy bag want to chip in and defend - more than happy to get their take.