Frequently Asked Questions
What's Indikon-1 made from - Have you used recycled plastic?
We are really proud to share that our cartridges are made from recycled materials and their end of life has been considered to ensure the least environmental impact. The cartridges are designed to be fully refurbished and put back into circulation after each use.
Similarly, the unit is made from recyclable materials and its end of life has been considered to ensure minimum environmental impact.
Material science is a rapidly evolving sector so we partner with academia to ensure we stay up to date with recycled materials and balance product functionality and environmental footprint.
We strive for inspiring positive behaviour change.
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How does the device get connected to a washing machine,
Typical installation includes putting the unit on top of a washing machine, under the sink, in a cupboard or on a worktop.
What are Indikon-1's dimensions?
The dimensions are 250mm x 225mm x 166 mm
What are the installation costs and does it require a plumber?
The unit can be installed in a variety of areas around a washing machine. The unit is plug and play. The consumer simply pushes the existing flexi washing machine pipe into the unit and we supply a flexi pipe that then goes from the unit into the waste.
Typical installation includes putting the unit; on top of a washing machine, under the sink, in a cupboard or on a worktop. Each installation will have clear step by step instructions on our new website for consumers.
The unit can be installed by a homeowner, a DIYer or a plumber. It's really down to the consumer's preference. It's worth mentioning that our partners will also be offering an installation service for the filter unit, typically at the same time when they take an old washing machine away and install a new one.
What size are the microfibres that are captured and why do you use a cartridge system?
One of the issues of tackling Microplastic is its tiny size - 5mm down to 1 micron, hence it's a pollution that often goes unseen.
We capture down to 1 micron. To give you an idea about how small that is; a head from our head is around 50 - 70 micron and the human eye can see down to approximately 25 micron (obviously varies person to person).
The tiny size of the plastic particles make them a potentially harmful pollutant. A blood cell is 8 micron for example, so once these tiny particles are ingested, inhaled or drunk it is easy to see how they can be absorbed into the bloodstream or inhaled into the lungs. Science is now catching up with this health risk.
Our cartridges are only opened once sent back to us to ensure that we capture all the microplastics and recycle them responsibly.
Can you talk me through the process of recycling and refurbishment of the filters? How do they get cleaned and what do you do with the microplastics from them?
When you buy your filter it comes with two cartridges.
One cartridge will already be installed in your filter and you'll be able to fit your filter and start capturing microplastics down to the smallest size of 1 micron. Just before 100 washes (equivalent to 4-6 months) the indicator light on your filter will tell you that your cartridge needs changing. You remove the cartridge for returning to us and simply pop your second filter into the unit and carry on.
The used cartridge is sent back to us through a variety of methods, for example our partners are putting in store drop off locations for used cartridges, ready for pick up by our logistics partners.
Once the cartridges are with us, they will be opened, filter paper and microplastics removed for recycling. The cartridge will be cleaned and refurbished and will be ready to be used again. The refurbished cartridge will be available on our website as part of a subscription service (at a discounted rate) to encourage positive behaviour change. The cartridges themselves are made from recyclable materials and can be refurbished 5 times before they get recycled.
We are working with recycling partners to turn the harvested micro plastics into other products, for example home insulation. However, we fully appreciate that recycling is a rapidly evolving sector and conducted differently around the world. Therefore Cleaner Seas Group are working with UK universities to stay at the forefront of recycling technologies and ensure we chose the best option for the planet.