How do you wash your synthetic ‘plastic’ sport clothes? Easy, just stick them in the washing machine. Well yes, that will make them clean, but at the same time they will shed thousands of microplastic particles which cause significant pollution to our oceans and marine life. They may even find their way into the air we all breathe.
Leading sportswear brands and their sponsored athletes have been silent on this issue. Their collective abject silence has left it to others to find potential solutions. From next year you will be able to purchase and use a microfibre catcher, a small sphere that will cruise around your washing machine and collect synthetic microfibres.
This product will go on sale next spring, and it will cost between $20 and $25. Roughly every six to eight weeks, users will have to send their filled catcher for safely disposing of the microfibres and receive a new catcher back.
This is a problem that we’re all part of, everyone who wears synthetic clothes and then washes them,
How many of us will be willing to purchase, use and return a microfibre catcher?
Please note this only refers to synthetic fibre clothing, as natural fibres are biodegradable



With Adidas shareholders deciding there isn't enough money to be made in golf equipment, even with one of the biggest brands; TaylorMade. And their USA CEO estimating it could take golf between 5-10 years to establish new entry points for consumers. Where has the buzz gone from golf equipment?

Top golf professionals are sponsored to sell goods to the rest of us. For many years there has been a dilemma with golf pros already hitting the ball too far, while the abilities and difficulties of golf for recreational players has remained the same. The equipment rules are struggling to restrain the more athletic professionals and at the same time denying the latest technology to the majority of golfers.

There must be a solution. Doing nothing, which appears to be the answer from the governing bodies, is a recipe for more course closures and major sport conglomerates pulling out.

What would Golf Refugees do?

We would allow brands to make unrestricted golf clubs, from drivers, irons, wedges and putters. These clubs would be as good as technology allows.

Golf professionals would be permitted to carry one of these clubs within the maximum number of 14, of their own choice, whether that is an unrestricted driver, putter; and use it only on three holes per round.

Recreational golfers are allowed to carry seven of these unrestricted clubs and use them on every hole.

These measures do require further scrutiny and ‘thinking through’ They are intended to form the basis of unlocking the current ‘stalemate’ and bringing back ‘real’ improvements, excitement on product launches and hope for recreational golfers who have restricted practise / playing time, through work and family commitments.

Please let us know your thoughts and solutions.



There needs to be a fundamental shift in the mindset of consumers when purchasing products.
The power of the chemical industry to successfully lobby politicians and regulators is going to prevent carcinogens from being labelled on consumer products.
Hence we all need to get our heads around to this fact and where no information is supplied by brands, we automatically assume cancer causing and hormone disruptor chemicals are hidden inside..
Hopefully this new consumer awareness will encourage some brands to come clean and be straight with customers by disclosing the chemicals they use and their classifications.



We need to re-design sportswear. Why?
Plastic should be considered “toxic” when it gets into the environment because of its ability to attract poisonous chemicals “like a magnet”.
Tiny pieces of plastic laden with chemicals are finding their way through the gut into the flesh of seafood and, from there, into the human food chain.
Microplastics comes from a range of sources, including the 1,900 tiny fibres that can be produced each time a single piece of synthetic clothing is washed.
Plastic 'polyester' sportswear (outdoor wear) when washed is poisoning our oceans.



British fashion designer Stella McCartney has once again partnered with Adidas to design the uniforms of team Great Britain at Rio 2016 Olympics.
Stella uses three lions to create a new podium emblem for the GB Olympic Kit.
Here's our fun, playful re-take on the traditional three lions design used in GB sports kit.(see above image)
Golf Refugees ask Stella and Adidas three little questions;
1. What is the pay for the textile workers who made the garments?
2. How many classified carcinogen and hormone disruptor chemicals are used to make the kit?
3. Will the GB kit shed any microplastic particles when laundered?



Golf Refugees balls, side by side in perfect harmony.
The best 2-ball in golf?

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Golf Refugees do find it sad but unsurprising that no major golf tour such as the PGA, LPGA or LET are supporting Fashion Revolution day. We don't know of any golf professional who is supporting it either, which is also very sad. The treatment of textile workers who make our clothes will hopefully become more important to all of us. You will see picture after picture of golf stars wearing their sports apparel. On this day, golf magazines and golf channels should be featuring images of golfers wearing their shirts inside out and asking 'who made your clothes?'
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